Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life – for example, changing jobs, before an interview or sitting a test. Feeling anxious at times like these can be completely normal. However, some people find it hard to control their anxiety, either in specific situations or more generally, to the degree that it adversely affects their daily lives. Experiencing this kind of disruptive anxiety is surprisingly common. About 25% of the population will suffer from a significant anxiety disorder at some point in their lives and around 10% of the population will be suffering at any one time. It is important for you to know that anxiety is highly treatable condition that tends to respond very well to hypno-psychotherapy, so there really is no need for you to suffer any longer. It really is possible to reduce anxiety in a meaningful and lasting way.
The most common types of anxiety disorders are:
- Generalised anxiety disorder – a condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations or issues, rather than one specific thing or event.
- Panic disorder – recurring or regular panic attacks, often for no obvious reason.
- Phobia – overwhelming and debilitating fear of a specific object, place, situation or feeling.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – an anxiety condition caused by experiencing or witnessing very stressful or frightening events.
- Social anxiety disorder – a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – a condition characterised by obsessive unwanted thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
Whilst the symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person, the most common are listed below. Some people may only have a few of the symptoms, while others will have many.
- anger or irritability
- feeling unreal or spaced-out
- difficulty concentrating
- chest pain
- rapid shallow breathing
- muscular tension
- dry mouth
- excessive sweating
- stomach ache
Some of these symptoms can be quite frightening; for example, when a person first experiences a panic attack it is quite common for them to think they are having a heart attack. It is also very common to become anxious about the symptoms of anxiety themselves and, of course, this leads to even greater anxiety. It is important to know that feelings associated with anxiety are not dangerous and, although they may be uncomfortable, the feelings can’t harm you. But if your anxiety is interfering with your daily life, like school, work, sleep or relationships, then it is really important for you to know that there are many well-established and highly-effective strategies to reduce and control anxiety. Hypno-psychotherapy can be a highly effective way to help you reduce anxiety and achieve a calm, balanced life. In helping you, I bring together almost twenty years of experience as a therapist with established techniques from stress management, hypnotherapy, NLP, meditative-, behavioural- and cognitive- therapies. Applied with compassion, sensitivity and skill, these represent a potent set of tools to help you lead the life you want.
If you have any questions, if you would like a free chat on the phone, or if you would like to book an initial consultation, please get in touch and we can discuss how I can help you.