.Anxiety is something we all experience within our lives. Sometimes it can actually be helpful as it can help us to prepare for something important, making sure we do our best and reach our peak performance. However, sometimes it can get out of control and stops being an isolated experience, instead becoming a constant and dominating force that severely disrupts the quality and enjoyment of life.
Hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy are very effective for all kinds of anxiety treatment Chester and I am experienced in working with many different types of anxiety.
What is anxiety? Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.
We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time. It’s common to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful event or decision you’re facing – especially if it could have a big impact on your life.
Because anxiety is a normal human experience, it's sometimes hard to know when it's becoming a problem – but if your feelings of anxiety are very strong, or last for a long time, it can be overwhelming.
You might find that you’re worrying all the time, perhaps about things that are a regular part of everyday life, or about things that aren’t likely to happen – or even worrying about worrying.
You might regularly experience the physical and psychological effects of anxiety, including panic attacks.
Depending on the kind of problems you experience, you might be given a diagnosis of a specific anxiety disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety:
Because anxiety is our body’s way of preparing for danger, it causes our mind and body to go to high alert, preparing to fight or escape from danger. Our breathing becomes faster to increase our oxygen intake, our bloodstream fills with adrenalin, increasing our heart rate and changing the way we think. We may feel nauseous as the digestive system shuts down, and we can sweat more to prevent overheating. Other physical symptoms may include:
Shortness of breath
Anxiety has a psychological impact on us too, which can include:
Feelings of sadness or apathy
Feeling irritable or jittery
Changes in appetite
Loss of self-confidence
Worrying negative thoughts
Anxiety can also lead to changes in behaviour such as:
Avoidance of feared situations and circumstances
Using alcohol drugs or other distractions to try to cope with the anxious feelings
Types of Anxiety Disorders:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) This is much more than just the normal day to day anxiety people experience – this chronic worry and tension even though nothing particular seems to provoke it. Anticipating disaster or worrying excessively about health, money, family or work. The source of the worry can be hard to pinpoint, simply the thought of dealing with everyday tasks can provoke anxiety.
Panic Attacks or Panic Disorder Anxiety can also lead to panic attacks which have many of the same symptoms though often more severe and terrifying. They can be very traumatic and can be accompanied by feelings of being out of control or going crazy, even fear of dying. Not everyone who experiences a panic attack goes on to have more, but for those who do it can become panic disorder and it’s important to seek treatment. People with panic disorder have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. They can’t predict when an attack will occur, and many develop intense anxiety between episodes, worrying when and where the next one will strike. In between times there is a persistent, lingering worry that another attack could come any minute. Attacks can occur any time, and while most attacks last only a couple of minutes they can last longer.
Performance Anxiety This can be to do with sport or performing arts, or the anxiety also occurs when giving presentations or taking exams. It combines a fear of failure, judgment, scrutiny and rejection. This often leads to anticipatory anxiety, leaving us worried about things in advance. Typical symptoms include:
Panicking before or during exams, tests, presentations, speeches, performances, etc.
Worrying about failure, judgement, and getting things wrong.
Procrastination, distraction, over-planning, difficulties with motivation.
Social Anxiety or Phobia This is extreme fear in social situations, or even just the thought of them. It is not just shyness but a recognized disorder that can really affect the quality of life. It is the recurring avoidance and debilitating fear of social situations where you feel you may be negatively judged by others. Social anxiety often reflects low confidence. It can be removed by boosting your self-esteem and learning how to feel at ease around people.
Specific Phobias: Typical examples include the fear of flying, enclosed spaces, driving, needles, vomiting, spiders, using public toilets or public transport, and heights. Phobias can cause severe panic. For example fear of flying can make people anxious for weeks before their flight. Phobias are upsetting, limiting and unlikely to disappear without help. Over the years I have helped many people in Chester overcome their phobias: flying, driving, public speaking, spiders to name just a few!
Anxiety symptoms and symptoms of panic attacks exist for a reason. They are the unconscious mind's way of alerting us that something needs fixing. Hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy is a good way of discovering and understanding the underlying cause of the anxiety, dealing directly with the cause of the problem. Very often there is unresolved emotional issues that need to be processed and resolved.
It should be noted that hypnotherapy treatment for anxiety and phobia is evidenced based. Kenworthy Hypnotherapy Chester has been helping people just like you to make significant improvements with phobia and anxiety issues in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you would like more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07979 696 745 for an appointment for phobia andanxiety treatment Chester.