It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time. We may feel mild anxiety before taking a test, or making a big decision, or with a problem at work.
If you have an anxiety disorder though, it’s different. Sometimes the worry and fear can be constant, overwhelming and disabling, making life difficult. People miss out on many opportunities and it can affect their relationships with others.
Anxiety can be brought on by a fear of something that we think will happen, or that we don’t want to happen again. When we expect to feel anxious, we usually do feel anxious.
There are several types of anxiety disorder:
- Panic: You get feelings of panic, and that anxiety shows in physical symptoms. Among others, you may feel shaky, sweaty, feel that your heart is pounding, or feel short of breath. That can then start the fear that those feelings will happen again.
- Phobias: A phobia is an intense, irrational fear of a specific object or situation. People will then do everything they can to avoid it. Specific phobias can focus on activities like flying or driving. Many, however, are focused on insects, animals or other objects. Social phobia involves a fear of being humiliated, judged, or scrutinized. It can show as a fear of things like public speaking or, with others, it can be going out socially, using public transport or having toilet anxiety.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): This is unwanted, intrusive, persistent thoughts or repetitive behaviours that show the person’s anxiety or tries to control it.
- Stress disorders: Including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder. Stress disorders are symptomatic reactions to traumatic events in life.
With treatment, many people can learn to manage those feelings and get back to living their life.
Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment in reducing or even eliminating anxious feelings. It looks to the root cause of the problem and works to change your thoughts and feelings about that problem. By helping you understand what triggers your anxiety and why, you learn how to cope and regain your sense of control.
Because it can help you develop calmer thinking, while boosting your self-confidence and self-belief, it reduces the feelings of fear and worry. Your thoughts and feelings can change from a ‘pattern of anxiety’ to a ‘pattern of calm confidence’.
Please contact me to find out more about how I can help you.