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Anxiety Help

Is this how you’re feeling?

  • Panic attacks
  • Nervousness
  • Excessive worry
  • Avoiding situations
  • Withdrawing
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling isolated

How can Hypnotherapy help in dealing with Anxiety?

Life is Good

Couple enjoying life in the sun

Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome anxiety quickly, safely and naturally. Many people find that hypnotherapy for anxiety is the fastest way to feel better, calmer and more in control. See recent testimonials. A course of hypnotherapy using hypno-analysis will help uncover then resolve the underlying deep-seated reasons for your anxiety. Free of anxiety, you will feel empowered take charge of your own life. Anxiety treatment involves the use of Hypno-psychotherapy. This is a process and will normally take between 5/8 sessions and can involve enhanced CBT, Regression, Parts or Ego State Therapy and Gestalt. The degree to which anxiety affects your life, be it mentally, physically or socially, is a key factor in seeking help. Of all the treatments, drugs and talk therapies available there is now scientific evidence to support that using hypnosis together with psychotherapy is one of the fastest, safest and most effective treatments available. The National Council of Hypnotherapy (UK) responds to statistics regarding anti anxiety drugs in Australia in April 2013 explaining why we should consider hypnotherapy as a long lasting alternative. Anxiety without treatment can turn into panic attacks, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive behaviour and phobias leading to depression. To find out more about Anxiety Help:

 

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How to deal with Anxiety?

Bucket with holes

Leaky bucket

One way of thinking about an anxiety disorder is to imagine your stress levels as being like a bucket of water. If you keep adding stressors to the bucket (even tiny ones like the angry response to something or getting stuck in traffic), over time it fills up until one day it overflows. This can be a good way of looking at an anxiety attack as it explains why sometimes it can seem to come out of the blue with no significant trigger. However, what has happened is that the trigger was just a very small stressor that tipped you over the edge and allowed your bucket to overflow. What you need is a leaky bucket with lots of holes to reduce your overall stress levels. Each one of these holes could be something positive that you do to manage your anxiety, such as moving your body through walking or exercise, distraction by reading or listening to music, spending quality time with friends and loved ones and taking action to find out how hypnotherapy can change the way you respond to the triggers.

So what is anxiety?

Dealing with an Anxiety disorder is a normal part of life which can affect all of. Anxiety can affect us in different ways and at different times. Stress on the other hand is something that will come and go as the external factor causing the stress comes and goes. Click here for more information on Stress.   On the other hand, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause of the anxiety is clear to the sufferer. An anxiety disorder can make a person imagine that things in their life are worse than they really are, and prevent them from confronting their fears. Often they will think they are going crazy or they have some psychological problem. What is important is the recognition that the anxiety disorder they are suffering from is normal and exists due to a set of bodily functions that have existed in us from our early days as cave-men called the “fight and flight” response. The world we lived in then was full of dangers but we were equipped with an internal alarm system designed to protect us from external dangers that came with the hunter lifestyle we led at that time. This system would make us hyper-alert by giving us a boost of adrenaline that would increase the heart rate and boost the amount of oxygen going to our limbs so we were better able to fight or run from danger. The “butterflies in the stomach” feeling that many associate with anxiety is the start of this mechanism kicking in, but instead of being used to avoid immediate danger as it used to be during the caveman days it is being often wrongly and inappropriately activated in a person during normal, everyday situations when stress has built up, mostly subconsciously. Some people have a very identifiable cause for their anxiety but many people don’t have any idea where their anxiety comes from and this can make the problem worse.

Types of Anxiety

There are many different kinds of anxiety, see below for the most common types:

Generalised anxiety disorder

Where there is excessive worry about a number of events or activities and the sufferer finds it difficult to control the worry. It is usually accompanied by some of the following for some months:

  • Difficulty concentrating;
  • Irritability;
  • Tension in the muscles;
  • Getting tired rather easily;
  • Restlessness, and
  • Disturbed sleep.

Social Phobia

Where any social activity, particularly if it includes performance of any sort, is feared and embarrassment is usually felt. The phobia interferes markedly with a person’s otherwise normal routine, activities and often work. One of the greatest difficulties with social phobia is that sufferers often leave their reaction to known upcoming situations open-ended, so for example the sufferer attempts to implement avoidance where the situation simply cannot be avoided.

Intestinal Bowel Syndrome

In which the sufferer has bowel pain, constipation and diarrhoea.

Hypo-chondriasis

Health Anxiety, where the sufferer fixates on the “dangerous” and “life threatening” nature of any form of physiological disruption, be it a simple rash, a lump, heart palpitation or inner complaint.

Panic Attacks

Panic usually occurs when the effectiveness of a protective behaviour is restricted for some reason – eg: an inability to leave (avoid) an event or place as anxiety grows. It is normally accompanied by somatic symptoms (shortness of breathing, increased heart rate, sweating etc). Catastrophic mis-interpretation of the growing symptoms (“I am going to die!”) also contributes significantly to the severity of an attack and its maintenance.

Agoraphobia

Often quoted as the fear of open spaces/places. In fact it is the logical consequence of the action of the protective survival-oriented mind to lock the individual up to completely avoid the threats of the outside world.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The primary feature of OCD is the occurrence of obsessions or compulsions which recur continuously and are time-consuming.

Obsessions may be:

  • Persistent thoughts/images/impulses, and
  • They are intrusive and inappropriate.

Compulsions are:

  • Repetitive behaviours such as checking, washing, ordering, aligning objects, counting covertly, repeating words covertly etc.

 

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