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Hypnosis to reduce or stop

Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias

 

Hypnotherapy can transform the way you feel, react and behave.  It breaks that loop you find yourself in and brings back the way you want to feel. 

For anxiety treatment using hypnosis call the Surrey Hypnosis Clinic - 01737 842 683.  Or alternatively you can email info@surreyhypnosisclinic.co.uk.  

At a reasonable level, short bursts of anxiety can motivate us and enhance our performance.  You can probably remember feelings of nervousness and tension in your body at some point in your life – your first date, a job interview.

If levels of anxiety become too intense or persistent they are debilitating, draining you of energy and making you exhausted.  Unchecked, it can cause unwanted symptoms and emotional stress.

Anxiety typically involves

   * emotions (eg: fear, nervousness)

   * physical sensations (eg: trembling, heart racing, stomach churning)

   * frightening thoughts (eg: I'm going to fail/make a fool of myself/loose control).

These can then affect our behaviour, leading us to put of or stop work, avoid other people, experience trouble sleeping or drinking too much.  Feelings of aimless and hopelessness are also not uncommon

How Hypnosis can help

The hypnotherapy sessions include:

  • Changing the emotions, physical sensations and thoughts so that you see and feel the events differently - experiencing a different perspective of situations.
  • Acquiring new positive response behaviours - responding to situations in more appropriate and preferred ways.
  • Training in relaxation techniques to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety.  It's impossible to be anxious when relaxed.
  • Responding to situations in preferred calm confident relaxed ways rather than feeling anxious.
  • Amplifying your strengths and abilities that co-exist alongside your difficulties.

 

Where anxiety is symptomatic of PTSD the main intervention technique would be EMDR.   EMDR was originally designed for PTSD and used extensively on PTSD suffered by the veterans of the Vietnam War.  Today, it continues to be successfully used for resolving PTSD.

 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a state of mind that we all experience from time to time.  Often being anxious usually is a fear of a future event or situation often based on past experiences.  The experience can range from mild uneasiness and worry to severe panic.  It is a normal response to stress or danger. 

Persistent, intense or recurring anxiety not justified by real-life stresses can be a dead weight just hanging over you all the time.  Present from the moment you wake, it’s exhausting.  It can drain you physically and emotionally, meaning you wake up exhausted and you go about your work or social life in a permanently stressed and tired state.

What we mean by anxiety can vary a lot between individuals but tends to be made up of features of altered thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical sensations.  Each of these features can influence each other leading to a worsening of the anxiety.  It becomes a vicious cycle.   

 

  • Physical Sensations
    Often anxious people are aware of their heart beating harder and faster.  This is known as palpitations.  Sweatiness and shaking can also occur.  Sometimes people feel light-headed, dizzy and nausea as well as a range of other symptoms. 

  • Thoughts
    Very often worrying is a feature of anxiety particularly in generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).  Here people often become concerned that the worrying will harm them.  In panic attacks people often believe that they may be at risk of fainting.  Sometimes they interpret the palpitations as evidence of heart problems and again fret about the risk of ensuing harm or even death.

  • Behavioural Changes
    With anxiety the person may be uneasy, jumpy and restless.  They appear to be always on the lookout for possible danger in order to avoid such situations. In panic disorder the panic attacks may happen at any time.  In some people, however, they happen only in certain situations such as when there are lots of people about.  In this case a panic sufferer may simply avoid those situations and appear on the surface to have few problems in their lives.  While in a panic attack, they may lie down, sit, or quickly remove themselves from the situation.  Others use drugs or alcohol in the hope that this will help.  Unfortunately, in the longer term they make anxiety worse.

  • Altered Emotions
    In panic disorder the main emotion is fear.  In less severe anxiety, people feel keyed up and irritable.  Unfortunately, in generalised anxiety disorder when the symptoms last for much of an individual's day, people can feel desperate.  Sometimes their mood can drop.

 

What causes anxiety?

There is no one cause of anxiety disorder.  In some cases it appears to run in families.  Sometimes it also starts after a big life change such as a bereavement, childbirth, or losing a job.  A smaller number of cases are associated with physical or other psychological illnesses.  These include headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, lack of concentration or motivation. 

Being anxious can also be a feature of phobias, which are fears of different situations such as types of animals or of crowds. 

Lastly, some prescribed medications can make people feel anxious as a side effect, including some anti-depressants.

 

What are the consequences?

Sufferers begin to avoid those things or places that they associate with their symptoms.  This can get worse until it forms a significant part of the person's life.  Fear of having a panic attack can be very disabling.  Eventually it can prevent people from going about normal work or social activities and can lead to agoraphobia.  Less commonly the distress and disablement caused by anxiety may cause periods of depression or drug and alcohol problems.  It is therefore better to get treatment for anxiety problems rather than letting them continue.

 

More Information

Although anxiety is related to fear, it is not the same.  Fear is a direct, focused response to a specific event or object, and the person is consciously aware of it.  Most people will feel fear if a person threatens them with a knife.  They also will recognise that they are afraid. 

Anxiety on the other hand is often unfocused, vague and hard to pin down to a specific cause.  In this form it is called free-floating anxiety.  Sometimes anxiety being experienced in the present may stem from an event or person that produced pain and fear in the past, but the individual is not consciously aware of the original source of the feeling. 

It's aspect of remoteness makes it hard for people to compare their experiences of it.  Whereas most people will be fearful in physically dangerous situations, and can agree that fear is an appropriate response in the presence of danger, anxiety is often triggered by objects or events that are unique and specific to an individual.  An individual might be anxious because of a unique meaning or memory being stimulated by present circumstances, not because of some immediate danger.  Another individual looking at the anxious person from the outside may be truly puzzled as to the reason for the person’s anxiety.

 

What are symptoms?
Anxiety can be experienced in a number of different ways:

Psychological symptoms:

  • Excess worry about life circumstances
  • Feeling constantly on edge
  • Difficulty in concentrating – Becoming forgetful
  • Feelings of exhaustion and fatigue
  • Feeling continuously panicky or tearful

Physical symptoms:

  • Tension in muscles - Tension in the chest
  • Over-breathing - Holding the breath - Shallow breathing
  • Neck aches – Backaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shaking – Trembling – Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Sweating – Cold clammy hands
  • Irritability – Agitation
  • Dread that something terrible is going to happen such as a blackout, seizure, heart attack

 


 

Eve Kelsey | Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist | To Reduce or Stop Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias | Surrey Hypnosis Clinic | 01737 842 683 | Tadworth | Surrey | Bordering Sussex and Kent | Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council | The Surrey Hypnosis Clinic is based on the boundaries of Surrey, Sussex and Kent | Based in Tadworth, Surrey, the clinic is easily accessible from the GU, KT, SM postcodes and areas including: Ashtead Banstead Bookham Burgh Heath Caterham Claygate Cobham Coulsdon Crawley Dorking Epsom Ewell Fetcham Guildford Kingston Leatherhead Merstham Redhill Reigate Sutton | All rights reserved

 

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