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dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is the feeling of inner turmoil or even dread about an approaching event such as an exam or a visit to the hospital.

It’s usually brought on by the fear of something potentially going very wrong and so it is quite normal response.


However, for some people the feeling of anxiety can happen all too often and never seem to go away. This is referred to as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and people who suffer from it find it very difficult to control their fears and worries to the extent that it begins to affect their daily lives and health.


Symptoms of anxiety may include


  • Restlessness

  • A sense of dread

  • Feeling constantly ‘on edge’

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability

If this is how you feel much of the time then it may be that you are suffering from GAD


Generalised Anxiety Disoreder can often be caused by things like panic disorder (recurring and regular panic attacks), phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, in some circumstances the reason may not be apparent at all and may be hidden away in the subconscious. Therefore identifying the cause is the first step to dealing with it before a sufferer can move on to finding the most effective way to alleviate the anxiety. Fortunately there are some powerful elicitation techniques which can be used during therapy to help bring these subconscious causes to light.


There are also many physical symptoms which may indicate that you may be suffering from GAD, such as


  • constant tiredness (even though you allow plenty of time for sleep)

  • noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat

  • muscle aches and tension

  • dry mouth

  • excessive sweating

  • shortness of breath (Sighing often can be an indicator)

  • stomach ache or feeling sick

  • headaches

  • difficulty falling or staying asleep


Of course a person is unlikely to suffer from all of these symptoms at the same time but a combination is quite common.

Whether the cause is apparent or not, Cognitive Hypnotherapy can offer an effective solution for anxiety issues. For further information on how we can go about doing this, or if it can be of use to your specific problem please contact me via phone of email.

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