Helping problems with Blushing and Sweating using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy,and cognitive therapy at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.
I have successfully helped clients with blushing problems, or a fear of blushing (erythrophobia), or problems with excessive sweating at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex.
Blushing or sweating is quite normal for anyone if they find themselves feeling very anxious or embarrassed for some reason. This tends to happen only on the odd occasion, and for a short period of time, so it isn’t a problem.
For some people though, blushing or (anxious) sweating is a real problem; they experience it on a regular basis and it can impact on the quality of their lives. However, I have found that although they might fear blushing every day, they don’t actually experience it that often – but they still think / worry about it regularly; this creates even more anxiety, which is not very helpful.
Most people with these problems say that they blush or sweat in ordinary, everyday situations which ought to (otherwise) be of minimal, if any, embarrassment or anxiety – such as meeting a friend by chance while out shopping, or perhaps being asked for their opinion in a meeting at work. Very often, the fear of blushing, known as erythrophobia, or a problem with sweating can make people try to limit, change or control their lifestyle in order to avoid, as far as possible, any situation where it might occur, perhaps avoiding crowded areas, or office meetings, or brightly lit places for example.
Excessive blushing and sweating aren’t usually physical / medical problems (e.g. only between 1 and 3% of the population actually suffers from hyperhidrosis as opposed to having a general problem with anxiety-related sweating) – they are completely normal physical changes relating to [underlying] anxiety. Often this is a type of anxiety known as social anxiety – in fact, research has shown that there is a particularly strong correlation between blushing and social anxiety.
Blushing and sweating are a completely normal part of everyone’s survival (fight/flight/freeze) response, but when we have these problems, we are having our survival response activated far too often, and almost always when our life isn’t actually in any danger!
Neuroscientific research over recent decades has found that fears, phobias and anxiety are actually outward expressions of having a dysregulated nervous system. A dysregulated nervous system is also the reason why we drop into our survival response when there is no real danger present. This dysregulation is most often caused by unresolved, conflicted emotions (often held subconsciously), or perhaps an unresolved trauma. A dysregulated nervous system causes inner discomfort and a sense of ‘something bad about to happen’, which is only confirmed when we blush or sweat profusely! We often cannot remember exactly how and when our particular fear or anxiety about blushing or sweating started. In fact, we are usually not even aware that we have any inner discomfort or dysregulation, because the way we feel inside is our ‘normal’.
Even though these are almost always not medical problems, there are some medical ways of attempting to control the symptoms, such as taking tablets like “Eredicane” for blushing, or beta-blockers for sweating; or having botox injections; or even having surgery. However, if someone chooses to go down these routes, they are only dealing with the symptom, not dealing with the cause. So, even IF they do manage to control their symptom (none of these methods have a guarantee of complete success), any underlying anxiety problems will still be present and they will then come out in another way, as perhaps panic, or some people may develop another phobia: this is known as ‘symptom substitution’.
I offer different approaches for this (and every problem) and the choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances – the decision is usually made during the initial consultation.
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