Anxiety Therapy

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Is anxiety or panic ruining your quality of life?

Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience when we feel stressed, pressured, or threatened. Typically, you may feel anxious before sitting for an exam, a job interview or a doctor’s appointment. Anxiety can be helpful in these circumstances as it can motivate you, make you alert and aware of risks, and give you a burst of adrenaline and cortisol that can help you perform the task at hand.

However, anxiety can be problematic when the fight or flight response is continually activated when you are not in danger.

Anxiety can be highly debilitating and can have a real negative impact on your daily life. Counselling and hypnotherapy for anxiety disorders can help you take back control so you can flourish and live the life you choose.

Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety is the body responding to a perceived threat or danger.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

You might experience some or all of the following sensations:

• Racing thoughts
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling disconnected from your surroundings
• Profuse sweating, sometimes soaking through your clothes
• Racing heart
• Physical reactions like sweaty palms, nausea, or a churning stomach
• “Butterflies” in your stomach, trembling or tingling in hands and legs
• Weak or jelly-like legs
• Tense or tight muscles
• Light-headedness or dizziness
• Shallow, rapid breathing

The intensity of these symptoms can vary, sometimes appearing mildly, but in their most extreme form, they might culminate in a panic attack.

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Anxiety Disorders

If you are frequently experiencing anxiety symptoms, you could have an anxiety disorder such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or Health Anxiety.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

A person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can experience a range of psychological and physical challenges. Characterized by persistent and excessive worry, a person with GAD may find it difficult to control their anxiety, leading to a heightened state of nervousness. This chronic worrying can result in impaired concentration and disruptions in sleep patterns.

Additionally, individuals with GAD may experience irrational thoughts that contribute to their anxiety. Physiologically, heightened stress levels can manifest in symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, and trembling. The cumulative impact of these symptoms can significantly impact daily functioning and overall quality of life for someone living with GAD.

Social Anxiety Disorder

A person with Social Anxiety Disorder often faces intense fear and discomfort in social situations. The hallmark of social anxiety disorder is a persistent concern about being judged or scrutinized by others.

People with social anxiety disorder may avoid social interactions, including everyday activities, parties, or even simple conversations, due to the fear of embarrassment or negative evaluation. The anticipation of social events can lead to significant distress, accompanied by physical symptoms such as blushing, sweating, trembling, and difficulty speaking.

This heightened self-consciousness and fear of negative judgment can severely impact relationships, academic or professional pursuits, and overall well-being, making social anxiety a challenging and distressing condition for those who experience it.

Panic Attacks

Individuals experiencing panic attacks undergo intense and sudden episodes of overwhelming fear and anxiety. These attacks often come on abruptly and can peak within minutes, causing a range of distressing physical and psychological symptoms. People may feel a sense of impending doom, chest pain, shortness of breath, and a racing heart.

Also, sweating, trembling, and a feeling of being out of control are common experiences during a panic attack. It can be a profoundly frightening and disorienting experience, sometimes leading individuals to believe they are facing a life-threatening situation. Even though panic attacks are generally brief, they can leave a lasting impact, leading to heightened anxiety about future attacks and potentially influencing daily activities and quality of life.

Phobias

Individuals with phobias experience an intense, irrational fear of specific objects, situations, or activities. This fear goes beyond a normal level of apprehension and can lead to avoidance behaviors to prevent encountering the feared stimulus.

Common symptoms include heightened anxiety, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, and a strong desire to escape the situation. The fear is often disproportionate to the actual danger posed by the phobic stimulus. For example, someone with a phobia of flying may experience extreme anxiety at the mere thought of boarding a plane, even though flying is statistically a safe mode of transportation.

Phobias can significantly impact daily life, leading individuals to structure their routines to avoid the feared stimuli, and seeking professional help, such as RTT hypnotherapy or cognitive-behavioural therapy. These are common approaches to manage and overcome phobias.

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