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Stress is something that we all experience from time to time, and many people can cope, most of the time with an average amount of stress. But what happens when those feelings of stress don't go away, or if they begin to turn to feelings of anxiety? And what happens if those feelings of anxiety increase, to the extent that we no longer feel that we can deal with everyday situations? That is when it may have become a General Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder can include:
- Nervousness and worry
- Feeling on edge
- Heart palpitations
- Concentration problems
- Sleep problems
What Causes Anxiety? Fear. Our minds and bodies react to the fear (whether it is real or perceived), causing the symptoms we experience when we are anxious. Sometimes, when the fear stops, the symptoms continue. We then become afraid of the symptoms, and ultimately, we have a fear of fear and start to experience the symptoms when there is nothing to be afraid of.
If left untreated, General Anxiety Disorder can become chronic and may lead to Panic Attacks (or Anxiety Attacks).
Symptoms of Panic Attacks can include:
- Racing heart / palpitations
- Difficulty breathing / shortness of breath
- Sweating (or chills)
- Hands curling up or clawing
- Feeling nauseous
- Feeling faint
- Feeling dizzy
- Feeling as though you are going to die
Having a panic attack can be extremely frightening. Consequently, some people can become withdrawn and depressed as they change their lives dramatically to try and avoid the situations that can trigger the panic.
Types of Anxiety Disorders:
- General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Phobic Disorders
According to the Mental Health Foundation: "Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health problems in the UK and elsewhere, yet it is still under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated."
If you have visited your GP regarding your anxiety, the chances are that you will have been given medication, which can helpful in relieving the symptoms, but all too often, the cause of the anxiety remains, as the medication is treating the symptoms rather than the cause. Anxiety and panic is our unconscious mind telling us that something needs attention.
How can hypnosis help with anxiety?
Often, just talking to a therapist about how you feel can help to relieve some of the symptoms.
Hypnosis is very relaxing. This alone can help reduce some of the symptoms and increase a feeling of general well-being.
Hypnotherapy can help you understand what is happening to you when you feel anxious, and help you respond in a more positive manner to the triggers, so relieving and reducing the symptoms.
There are techniques within hypnotherapy that are effective in identifying the real causes behind the anxiety. Once they have been uncovered and properly dealt with, the symptoms can fade away as they no longer have anything driving them.