What are Anxiety Disorders?
Feelings of worry can strike at almost any time, and it is highly likely that every single person will experience these feelings at some point in their lives. There are many factors that can contribute to these feelings (or excessive feelings) of worry and stress, for example you may be anxious about an impending job interview, money worries, problems in your personal relationships or even just the day to day pressures of everyday life. These feelings are in fact completely normal and a natural reaction to stress, however, for some people the level of worry can become so “large” or “significant” that it starts to affect their ability to get on with living.
The NHS estimates that 2% of the population will experience this as a Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) at least once in their lifetime and is most likely to crop up in your mid to late twenties. Research suggests that less men than women are affected by anxiety disorders.
GAD tends to be more long term and can permeate into many areas of your life leading to anxious feelings about almost anything that is happening, leading to a lack of perspective and a cycle that spirals out of control. For many sufferers it can feel like the condition is constant and that you never get a chance to really relax.
There are numerous signs and symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder for example:-
- Feelings of living on the edge of your seat
- Inability to rest well
- An impending sense of fear or dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered with friends and family
- Finding minor issues irritating
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating excessively
- Cramps in the Stomach
- Migraines and Headaches
- Missing your period
- Sleep patterns becoming interrupted
In more significant cases it is possible for your anxious feelings to become so significant that it becomes a “panic attack” which can be very frightening. Many people suffering panic disorder develop a sense that the panic could become so bad that it might lead to unconsciousness or even heart failure.
It is impossible to capture every condition in which Anxiety is a dominant symptom, so if you are in any doubt, then I would urge you to contact me on 07984177527 to arrange a completely COMPLEMENTARY, no obligation, informal chat to discuss your particular problem.
Overcoming Stress, Anxiety and Panic
Stress, worry, anxiety and panic experienced on a regular basis can become very debilitating. Chronic stress can lead to many problems, symptoms and physical or emotional illnesses. Relationships both personal and familial can suffer as a result. You may not be achieving your full potential at work, in addition maybe you have also developed a fear of failure or a fear of being judged, as a result your self-esteem may have taken a dive and you may have become more concerned about what other people think of you (social anxiety). Perhaps you feel that your tendency to create stress, anxiety or panic is part of your personality and that you are never going to be able to change that. My hypnotherapy clients and Thrive trainees would tell you otherwise. Please feel free to view my client testimonials
Are stress anxiety and panic a daily part of your life? Would you like a way to get off the constant worry-go-round? Call me on 07984 177 527 to book a free initial chat so that you can find out how to free yourself up and deal with those life challenges effectively and in an empowering way. You can learn how to avoid creating that stress in the first place, the methods I teach are pro-active rather than re-active and provide you not only with a fundamental insight into yourself, your personality and your unhelpful thinking styles but also ways that you can identify and put into place the changes that you need to live your life the way you want to. The skills you learn are lifelong skills which you can never unlearn and will give you the tools to underpin and make the most of every new experience you encounter in your life
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Our level of stress, anxiety and panic at anyone time differs from day to day and even during the day depending upon the external influences in our lives. These external influences such as jobs, relationships, family, financial circumstances, lifestyle may act as triggers to add to the level of stress which the person is feeling at the time.
Some people suffer from stress and anxiety related symptoms more dramatically than others and may wonder why they are affected more than the next person. This is usually directly related to their own personality type, the upbringing they have experienced and their circumstances in life and what is happening to them at the time.
For some people, no matter what they do to counteract stress it comes back again. Some stress in life is good, it motivates us, gives us an adrenaline rush and we appreciate it when things are going well. This level of stress is manageable, however, when it becomes overwhelming or chronic in nature, stress is destructive and anyone who is continually stressed will eventually buckle with the strain in some way. Asthmatics will suffer more and longer attacks, eczema and psoriasis sufferers will see an increase in their skin irritation and anyone suffering from psychological problems will see them become more pronounced. Behaviour changes will become more marked such as depression, manic episodes more evident, habits increase in intensity such as smoking, nail biting, obsessions and compulsions become out of control, panic attacks more frequent.
Other indicators that stress is present in someone’s life are, indigestion, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart and circulatory problems, high blood pressure, muscle tension in the neck, shoulder and back, migraines.
Insomnia occurs when when the unconscious mind is unable to resolve something or it is anxious – then the problem of getting to sleep adds to the stress level of the insomniac.
Stress and anxiety affects most of us to some degree but continued stress can cause real life changes in a person. Work and home life suffer, as do relationships, sexual activity or libido can also be affected detrimentally. Sometimes it affects the function of sexual organs, failure to get an erection or achieve orgasm.
Stress related illnesses or behaviour patterns are really an external expression of the inner anxiety or neuroses that we all human beings have in varying degrees. It is that ‘thing inside of yourself which is outside your own control’.
Eventually in an extreme case, when stress and anxiety have been continual and left unresolved then this may result in the unconscious mind calling a halt until the stress is removed. The term for this is nervous breakdown. This results (in the long term) in a loss of confidence and a worry that it will occur again, affecting the sufferers ability to manage their own affairs.
How should we deal with stress?
We all know what sorts of things we should be doing to combat stress, we are just not very good at putting it into practice, much as the person who needs to lose weight knows what a good healthy diet consists of, the smoker knows the dangers of smoking yet he or she still does it.
Hypnotherapy is another way of combating stress either in the form of suggestion therapy, for relaxation, self confidence etc or in the form of non hypnosis psychotherapy (Cognitive Processing and Integration), getting to the root cause of the problem and dealing with it.
The Thrive Programme is also an excellent learning programme where you can learn how to stop creating stress for yourself by understanding your stress triggers and then learning how to change any unhelpful thinking styles, behaviours and coping techniques (such as avoidance and safety seeking behaviours) you have developed in relation to your everyday personal or work related stressful experiences.
For the person who has other issues in dealing with their past experiences and anxieties, fears and phobias and whose problems are more severe whether physical or emotional then the Thrive Programme is more likely to be the way to go.
For the person who just needs to relax and doesn’t seem to have any deeper issues or problems then suggestion therapy will do the trick in one or two sessions normally. This is achieved with the use of carefully worded phrases whilst in the hypnotic state and aimed at the subconscious mind (that inner part of you which knows everything there is to know about you). Because your subconscious mind wants to help you it will take on board these suggestions because they are for your own well being. You will then act upon the suggestions because they will have taken root in your inner mind.
Cognitive Processing and Integration allows us again to work with the relaxed mind and it is a talking therapy. CPI is a very effective way of reprocessing events and experiences from your life in a far more helpful way and helps you to see things from a different perspective. For example if, as a child, your parents separated or divorced or you lost someone you loved then it is quite common to take unnecessary responsibility for that happening. How many children do we hear about or read about who actually believe that it is their fault because maybe if they had been better behaved that wouldn’t have happened? I have certainly worked with many people who have thought in that way as a child and hung on to the essence of it in some way, shape or form into adulthood. As an Adult, when given the opportunity to re-process those experiences, thoughts and feelings, you can then completely let go of them which is liberating in itself.
For further details on treatment see Types of Therapy page, see Fees page for information on costs.
Stress Related Problems:
High blood pressure (Hypertension)
Low mood or mood swings
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Muscle tension in: Neck, Shoulders, Back
Trans Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Loss of sex drive (Libido)
Failure to Orgasm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
and the list goes on.