Dealing with Anxiety

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Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, excessive, intense and persistent worry and fear about everyday experiences often accompanied by nervous behavior: pacing, somatic complaints and rumination.

These feelings interfere with daily activities are difficult to control are out of proportion to the actual dangers and can last a long time.

Fear is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat. Fear is an appropriate cognitive and emotional response to a perceived threat.  Anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety occurs in situations only perceived as uncontrollable or unavoidable but not realistically so.

Occasional anxiety is normal.  Stress is usually a precursor to anxiety and anxiety can be a precursor to depression.  Examples of specific types of anxiety are: mathematical anxiety, somatic anxiety, stage fright, test anxiety, social anxiety, or stranger anxiety.  Some people suffer from a general anxiety without a specific type.  Anxiety can be acute or chronic.

Hypnosis is an effective tool to help the anxiety sufferer to understand and handle the emotions that contribute to developing symptoms of anxiety.  Physical and mental relaxation with Hypnosis is a valuable experience for a person with anxiety, as it may help them to understand what they need to do in order to relax.

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Symptoms of Anxiety

Feeling nervous, restless or tense
Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
Increased heart rate
Breathing rapidly
Sweating
Trembling
Feeling weak or tired
Having difficulty controlling worry
Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
Fatigue
Having trouble sleeping
Gastrointestinal problems, chronic indigestion
Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Uneasiness
Muscular tension
Irrational fears
Stage fright
Self-consciousness
Panic
Flashbacks
Perfectionism
Compulsive behaviors
Self-doubt

Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms may be masking a result of a medical disorder. Anxiety may be due to drug use, alcohol, caffeine or prescribed drugs, or withdrawal from abused drugs. Anxiety may also occur with mental disorders.  Some of the risk factors for developing anxiety reactions are: trauma, stress due to an illness, stress buildup, personality, and having blood relatives with an anxiety disorder.

Effects of Anxiety

Behaviors effects:  withdrawal from situations, changes in sleeping patterns, changes in habits, increase or decrease in food intake, increased motor tension

Emotional effects: feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, anticipating the worst, irritability, restlessness, watching for signs of danger, feeling like your mind’s gone blank, nightmares, obsessions, déjà vu, trapped in your mind feeling, feeling like everything is scary.

Physiological symptoms: neurological, digestive, respiratory, cardiac, muscular, cutaneous, urogenital.

Complications of Anxiety

Depression
Substance Abuse
Insomnia
Digestive or bowel problems
Headaches and chronic pain
Social Isolation
Problems functioning at school or work
Poor quality of life
Suicide

Treatments for Anxiety

Drugs
Psychotherapy

Hypnosis – Used as an alternative and complementary treatment, Hypnosis is a behavioral technique that will decrease anxiety through relaxation techniques and gradually increasing exposure to situations that may have previously precipitated anxiety.  Hypnosis has also been found to be effective in teaching an individual with panic disorder how to prevent an anxiety attack or to decrease or stop a panic attack once it starts.  Due to the relaxed atmosphere and state of hypnosis, it is considered a safe treatment for anxiety.  Sitting back or lying down and being mentally guided is designed to avoid escalating any anxiety symptoms such as rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and muscle tension.