Coping with health anxiety is difficult at the best of times. But for those who…
My generalised anxiety disorder treatment has been carefully crafted after year’s of experience in the field of anxiety hypnotherapy. Anxiety is a debilitating condition that significantly affects everyday life. I am pleased to help my clients find relief from anxiety.
What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is the overwhelming feeling of panic, fear or unease. Many people experience feelings of anxiety almost every day of their lives. This can be extremely upsetting and debilitating.
Is Anxiety Normal?
Anxiety is normal at certain times of our lives. For example, when we are in a high stress situation. However, it becomes a problem if a person is experiencing anxiety with no obvious cause for long periods of time.
What Causes Anxiety?
Anxiety is often a symptom of other issues such as panic disorder, phobias, PTSD or social anxiety. However, it can also be a disorder in itself.
The exact causes are unknown but research has pointed to the following factors often being linked with anxiety.
Causes of Anxiety
- Over activity in certain areas of the brain
- Imbalance in brain chemistry
- Traumatic experiences or dealing with death or life changes
- Long-term health conditions and chronic pain
- Substance abuse and addictions
Generalised Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Not everyone will experience the same symptoms but generally symptoms of anxiety can include the following.
Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Feeling restless
- Panic or worry
- Feeling the need to escape
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoiding social contact and work
- Low self-esteem
How Does Anxiety Affect the Body?
These are some of the physical signs of anxiety although not everyone experiences them all.
Physical Signs of Anxiety
- Sleep issues
- Heart palpitations and chest pains
- Dry mouth
- Stomach ache
- Shortness of breath
- Pins and needles
- Muscle aches
The triggers of anxiety will be different from person to person. Some people will experience anxiety almost constantly, whilst others will have more defined anxiety attacks. Some people may know what their triggers are, especially if the anxiety is linked to a specific event or phobia. Whereas other people will experience anxiety attacks seemingly at random.
Anxiety treatments may be able to help you pinpoint your triggers, understand the causes or desensitise you to them so you can live your live more freely.
The term anxiety attack is difficult to define and can be used for a burst of anxiety symptoms, or as another term for a panic attack. Panic attacks are a symptom of panic disorder and can be very severe.
Anxiety and Depression
Depression and anxiety commonly occur together. Anxiety can occur as a symptom of depression or depression can be triggered by the hopelessness of an anxiety disorder. Many anxiety treatment options will also be effective for depression. Both conditions may also have the same underlying causes.
Anxiety and Sleep
It’s almost impossible to sleep when you are anxious. The physical state of anxiety is designed to help you escape a perceived danger and going to sleep would be in direct contradiction to this. Sleep deprivation inevitably makes anxiety worse, starting a negative cycle of anxiety and sleep disorders.
Anxiety and Phobias
Anxiety is often a symptom of a phobia. If you feel like you know what triggers your anxiety it may be that you have a phobia around that situation or object. Even if you aren’t sure of the triggers, it may be that there’s an underlying phobia you aren’t fully aware of.
Social anxiety disorder or social phobias are becoming more and more common. They involve fear and anxiety surrounding social situations. It’s more than feeling shy or experiencing blushing, it can have a huge impact on your relationships, friendships, work life and general wellbeing.
The traumatic events of the Covid 19 pandemic and the isolation of the lockdown have led to a rise in anxiety cases. In particular many people feel anxious about going out or re-engaging in social activities after so long in isolation.
Getting Help For Generalised Anxiety Disorder
It is important to get help for anxiety if you feel like it is becoming a problem. Anxiety is supposed to be a short-term state for the body. It is designed to help us get through a high-pressure situation. But this ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response isn’t designed to go on long term. It’s too much for the body to handle.
Should I Seek Anxiety Treatment?
If anxiety is affecting your daily life then I would recommend seeking help. Especially if you find life extremely stressful and upsetting, you tend to catastrophize and think about worst case scenarios or you feel your anxiety is getting out of hand.
Even if you don’t feel like things are quite this bad yet I am happy to help people experiencing anxiety at any level. Often, early treatment for anxiety is very effective. No matter how big or small you think your problems are, my anxiety treatments can help.
How Can You Reduce Anxiety Yourself?
Mild symptoms can sometimes be relieved with some of the following self-help treatments for anxiety.
- Guided self-help
- Relaxation and breathing exercise
- Yoga or Pilates
- Reduce caffeine, smoking and drinking
- Support groups
Learn more about practical ways to overcome anxiety here.
Some people may treat anxiety with medication but, once started, this can be hard to stop. Medicines such as antidepressants can have side effects and many only treat the physical effects of anxiety, not the root cause. Most of my clients come to me seeking a more natural anxiety treatment.
Hypnosis for Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Hypnosis for anxiety is becoming an extremely popular anxiety treatment option. The benefit of hypnosis anxiety treatment is that it addresses the underlying causes of anxiety rather than just masking the symptoms. In this way it provides real, natural and long lasting relief.
Anxiety Hypnotherapy by Alix Needham
If you want to overcome your anxiety try a treatment session with Alix Needham. An advanced hypnotherapist based in the heart of London with a range of treatments including online hypnotherapy sessions.
Anxiety Therapy London
I help many people with anxiety in my offices situated in the heart of London near the famous Harley Street.
Anxiety Therapy Online
I can also treat anxiety with online hypnotherapy sessions so you can have therapy from the comfort of your own home.
Read more about online hypnotherapy sessions here.