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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a generalised mood condition that can often occur without an identifiable trigger. Many sufferers can experience anxiety seemingly out of nowhere, which can then have a profound negative impact on them, their lives and the lives of those that are close to them.

Is anxiety the same as fear?

Anxiety is not the same as fear. Fear is an emotional response to a particular perceived threat. Fear is related to our fight or flight response of avoidance and escape.  That is to say that our feeling of fear means to us that there is danger looming. We have to make a decision whether we stay and fight that danger head on, or do we run and take cover and hope that the danger passes us by.

Anxiety on the other hand is the same feeling as fear but with no obvious or inevitable danger as a trigger for it. Anxiety is related to situations perceived as uncontrollable or unavoidable such as; taking exams, speaking in public or travelling.

What are the physical symptoms of anxiety?

The physical effects can include:

  • heart palpitations
  • muscle weakness
  • muscle tension
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • headaches
  • perspiration

When anxiety strikes, the body prepares itself to deal with threat. The blood pressure and heart rate increase and there is a surge of blood flow to the major muscle groups to give them immediate strength just in case your decision is to stay and fight. The sufferer may also experience a sense of dread or panic.

Panic attacks usually come without warning and although the fear is generally irrational, the perception of danger is very real.

Anxiety does not only consist of physical effects, there are many emotional ones as well. They include:

  • feelings of apprehension or dread
  • trouble concentrating
  • feeling tense or jumpy
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • nightmares or bad dreams
  • obsessions about physical sensations (believing a pain in the chest is a heart attack and not just the symptom of anxiety itself).

Many people that suffer from panic attacks are usually out going people, happy-go-lucky individuals that no-one would suspect of suffering like this because they just don’t seem to be the “sort of person” that would.

Anxiety and panic attacks can be debilitating to the sufferer and can, in extreme cases, make people agoraphobic, induce Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour and depression.

Treatment for anxiety and panic attacks

The good news is that there is a number of NLP techniques that can help immensely in this field with immediate results in most cases. Hypnotherapy can also be of great benefit to cement the new mind set and behaviour. The techniques are designed to aid sufferers in a new way of reacting when they encounter their trigger situations, in other words to help you stay calm and relaxed. Hypnotherapy by its nature induces relaxation both physically and mentally, allowing the sufferer a sometimes much needed respite from tenseness.

The sessions required to alleviate anxiety are relatively few. Repetative behaviours and thoughts eventually result in becoming a habit. Habits can be changed very quickly, regardless of how long that you may have had them for.

For more information on how these brilliant techniques can help you, simply click the contact button to arrange your free no obligation one hour consultation with me. Alternatively you can telephone me on 01580 713429 or 07742 955117.

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