Let us examine some interesting statistics on anxiety in the United Kingdom:
In 2013, 8.2 million anxiety cases were reported in the UK
The one-week prevalence of generalised anxiety in England is at 6.6%
In England, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders compared to men
Data above shows anxiety is more common than we think. Simply put, anxiety is the body and mind’s reaction to dangerous, unfamiliar, and stressful situations. It is often characterised by a sense of distress, unease, and dread.
A certain level of anxiety can be a good thing. It can help you stay alert, aware, and on your feet. However, for those who are suffering from anxiety disorder, the feeling can be completely debilitating.
Different Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety related disorders are divided into three main categories:
Anxiety disorders can be characterised by this general feature of excessive fear or anxiety. This response can have negative emotional and behavioural consequences.
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Stressor and trauma related disorders can be traced back to traumatic experiences (i.e. an accident, sexual assault, unexpected death of a loved one, etc.) It can also be brought about by stressors like moving to a new place, going through a divorce, or starting college.
Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders are characterised by intrusive and obsessive thoughts that are triggered by compulsive behaviours. These behaviours manifest to alleviate the anxiety that’s associated with the obsessive thoughts.
Red Flags to Look Out For
Symptoms of anxiety can develop overtime. Since we have experienced anxiety at one point in our life or another, it’s sometimes difficult to gauge when how much is too much. Normal anxiety is often limited in time and is often triggered by some stressful event or situation.
However, those who have anxiety disorders will experience things differently. The anxious feeling is more pronounced and persistent, is not connected to any stressful event, and can impact their quality of life and day-to-day functioning significantly.
While different types of anxiety come with a set of unique features, they often share a few common manifestations including:
- Panic attacks
- Racing heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Tense feeling
- Hot and cold flushes
- Obsessive thinking
- Excessive fear
Treating Anxiety through Hypnotherapy
Let’s say you have this irrational fear of flying. During a hypnotherapy session, you will be given a “posthypnotic suggestion” while in a state of trance. In this dreamlike state, your mind becomes more open to suggestions.
I will be providing a customised guided relaxation so you can focus on the triggers of your fears or anxiety. During the relaxing hypnosis session, your immediate surroundings will be blocked and you will be directed to focus on specific thoughts or tasks. From there, we will identify the root cause of your fears and anxiety.
In your heightened state of awareness, I will encourage you to feel calm and relaxed. Once you achieve said state, it becomes easier for your mind and body to respond to the signals of relaxation so you can face your fears without feeling threatened.
Our Treatment Plan
We might need a few hypnotherapy sessions to fully resolve your anxiety and help you completely come to terms with the emotions and feelings that control that part of your subconscious mind.
After our first session, I will provide a plan in terms of how we will move forward with the treatment. This is done to help you be more in control of your thoughts and emotions as well as your overall outlook.
My hope is to equip you with all the necessary insights and wisdom so you can handle yourself accordingly regardless of the situation you might find yourself in.