Anxiety on the rise
HELP for anxiety is top of the searches on some hypnotherapy directories. No surprise with the world affairs affecting everybody in some way through the many media avenues. Pile that on top of any untreated personal trauma, stress, relationship or work problems, bullying, childhood issues etc. and GAD (general anxiety disorder) can weave a thread through our lives or take over completely. Even into various levels of our inherent 'fight flight' mode.
The 'fight flight' response was built in to protect us and save lives, but the 21st century doesn't have the threat of wild dinosaurs chasing us! The stress of 'modern' life with the possibility of hundreds of tiny 'threats' throughout a day can trigger this response off to any degree. If stress is ongoing, one can experience anxiety in the form of insomnia, loss of libido, muscle tension, racing heart, feelings of general fear or paranoia, phobias, feeling unsettled, uncertain, under confident, agitated, angry, hyped up, overly sensitive, high blood pressure, angina, headaches, lack of concentration, impatience, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), stomach ulcers, food cravings and substance misuse. Left untreated, anxiety can lead to a spiral depression. Overactive thyroid and low blood sugars also contribute to anxiety.
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, but anxiety disorder does not go away after the trigger has stopped. It continues to increase - unless of course it is treated with hypnotherapy, psychotherapy or other proven methods such as tried and proven breathing techniques which have an immediate effect in lowering anxiety.
Memories stored in the amygdala - the processing centre for emotions - can play a role in anxiety, fear of flying, certain animals or public speaking. In fact, fear or anxiety of almost anything.
The National Institute of Mental Health states psychotherapy, CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy) and stress management techniques are all suitable for anxiety reduction. Hypnotherapy can have immediate benefits. In clinical hypnosis, metaphor is often used as they bypass the resistance of the conscious mind and affect the unconscious mind - this is where those emotions are stored. If a therapist utilises a suitable metaphor or the client's own metaphor but in a positive way, changes within the unconscious mind are successful and this can even be done with eyes open.
A New York Times article states a person's genetics, biochemistry, environment, history, and psychological aspects can also contribute to anxiety disorders. We can address all these together.
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