Anxiety - a worrying condition

Many of the clients I see suffer from anxiety.  More often than not they  have been to their GP several times about worrying symptoms such as palpitations, light headedness, an inability to concentrate, a feeling that they can’t breathe, and/or repeated, even permanent, indigestion and stomach pains

Often, they have had scans and blood tests to rule out any significant physical illness, yet despite being given the “all clear” and told that their symptoms are the result of anxiety, they are still worried about their symptoms, concerned that “something has been missed”.  This is understandable, given the severity of some of these symptoms.

One of the first questions I ask these clients is, “Did your doctor explain to you how and why your symptoms are caused by anxiety?”.  The answer so far has always been “No”.  Thus, one of my first jobs is to explain what happens during anxiety, including the “fight or flight” response.

In brief: our response to fear or stress results in immediate changes in heart rate, breathing, digestion and mental focus which, when not coupled with the increased physical activity they are designed to enable (fighting or fleeing) result in all of those symptoms listed earlier.

I find that by explaining this response and how, in today’s world, we rarely if ever get to use it appropriately, it enables clients to start to accept their symptoms as a natural result of their anxiety and so, although still eager to get rid of them, reduce their fear of them.
The next stage of our work together then is to deal with the cause of the original anxiety, whilst learning ways to control their current symptoms, using a blend of cognitive therapy, hypnotherapy and NLP.

Anxiety is a very distressing problem which tends to escalate if not dealt with.  It seems it is becoming increasingly common for doctors to prescribe beta-blockers to help people cope with the symptoms of anxiety, but beta-blockers, can't help with the cause.  So, although the drugs are helpful in the short-term, the person needs to discover ways of reducing the anxiety itself.  Fortunately,  hypnotherapy and NLP can be very effective in treating anxiety, especially when combined with cognitive behavioural approaches, so it is always worth seeking help as soon as possible whether or not you are on medication for the problem. 

I come across so many people suffering from anxiety and worrying about their health that I have made a short video explaining why anxiety can cause the symptoms that is does.  If you are concerned about how your anxiety impacts upon you, why not take a look at the anxiety and stresss pages of this website?  There's a short video on there which explains about the common symptoms of anxiety,

If you suffer from anxiety and want to regain control of your life, get in touch to discuss how my services could help.