Some degree of anxiety is a normal reaction to a stressful event such as a job interview and in the main the effects are shortlived and not harmful. However anxiety can become debilitating if it becomes persistent or develops into an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of anxiety include headaches, tension, digestive upsets, heart palpitations, feeling nauseous, and having difficulty relaxing or sleeping.
Sometimes anxiety can develop into an anxiety disorder which may have a significant effect on sufferers quality of life. For example:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - an overwhelming fear of tragedy or excessive worry about friends and family affecting an individuals ability to cope with everyday life.
Social Anxiety - extreme discomfort in social situations which may lead to individuals developing agarophobia, even becoming housebound.
Health Anxiety - extreme fear and anxiety about physical wellbeing, which may lead to obsessional behaviour and hypochondria.
Panic disorder - which can lead to a severe and debilitating panic attack, sometimes linked with phobias such as a fear of flying. A panic attack can be a very frightening experience but is surprisingly common.
Compulsions - anxiety is also linked with conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Hoarding, and other compulsive habits such as tricotilomania (hair pulling), self harming, and nail biting,
Phobia - there is a wide range of phobias ranging from the relatively common (spider phobia) to the more unusual (such as genuphobia, or fear of knees...). Phobias can be regarded as a manifestation of anxiety, and the cause may be unknown.
Therapy for anxiety focuses on:
- Identifying the factors triggering or underlying the anxiety (in some cases the root cause may be unknown but through hypnosis the client can discover and heal any unresolved issues)
- Learning how to relax and manage the symptoms.
- Recognising triggers and developing alternative coping mechanisms.
Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)
I am increasingly finding that Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) offers the fastest and most effective form of treatment and provides an alternative to hypnotherapy for anxiety. In fact I am finding that I increasingly tend to recommend BWRT rather than using hypnosis for anxiety based problems.
BWRT can also be delivered "content free" which can be helpful if you do not want to share personal details, and it can often work extremely quickly.
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