Hypnotherapy helps with anxiety
What is anxiety?
It is a normal everyday emotion, but becomes a problem when it has been continuing for some time. It is like having your foot on the accelerator all the time – it becomes exhausting and overwhelming. It is an emotion that we generate, but often feel powerless to stop, and as a result can seem to exist in isolation. This happily is not the case, and it can be successfully treated using hypnotherapy and cognitive integration therapy.
For our purposes there are two kinds of anxiety: circumstantial, and anticipatory. Circumstantial anxiety is an exposure to events, or circumstances where you feel stressed. For example, divorce, the end of a relationship, or illness. In time those feelings subside as you take steps to gain back some control of your life. Anticipatory anxiety can also be triggered by an emotional event, but not necessarily. People can experience overwhelming emotions of fear and panic, and consequently feel helpless and unable to take back control.
What does anxiety feel like?
It actually feels like fear, and forms part of the fear response often termed ‘fight, flight or avoid’ where the body becomes flooded with hormones, in particular, adrenalin which is an evolutionary defence response to perceived or actual harm. If the response occurs for no ‘known’ apparent reason the person begins to learn how to be afraid most of the time, and will feel powerless to stop it. Sometimes people wake up feeling anxious, and don’t really know why, or they may believe they know what the cause is but not understand why the feeling is so strong. Episodes can last a few weeks or many years, but for some, the symptoms remain constant throughout their life. Children as young as four have been known to suffer from these symptoms..
How does anxiety start?
When a person first experiences a panic attack / anxiety attack they are often uncertain of what is happening to them, or thinking they are having a heart attack. This is because the symptoms of a panic attack mimic those of a heart attack. The feeling of fear and dread are frightening, and there are other ways our bodies show anxiety, for example: hyperventilation (flooding the system with oxygen), dry mouth, nausea, palpitations and sweating.These are just some of the symptoms often associated with a panic attack.
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