Anxiety comes in many forms and manifests itself in many ways.
For some, anxiety is object specific we may call this fear or phobia. Individuals can continue life in many cases through avoidance techniques to help them manage the emotions that are associated with this anxiety. We are generally unaware of what we do or sometimes even know we do it. Life only becomes challenging when the avoidance techniques are no longer supporting us. Treatments are usually sort during high anxiety periods or when the anxiety encroaches on our daily routine. For example: going on our honeymoon and finding out we need to fly or the doctor telling us we need an unavoidable operation.
Approaches shown to be affective in alleviating anxiety specific concerns include Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Therapies including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapies), EFT (emotional freedom technique). Approaches vary greatly depending on the individual therapist and in the majority of cases 6-8 concentrated sessions will enable the individual to move forward in life.
In this blog I am concentrating on General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) although there are a range of disorders that can benefit from the details laid out in this leaflet.
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) shows itself in a variety of ways. Generalised anxiety that initially we are unaware of or cannot quite pinpoint, however in high states of anxiety can be life stopping. Symptoms show themselves in some or all of the below combined depending on the severity of the disorder. Concern about panic attacks, above normal reactions to events with worry or concern, non-specific focus for worry, general worry, sleeplessness or having trouble staying asleep, sweating (palms, feet, forehead, armpits), tiredness, concentration issues, agitation, muscle tension, frequent urination, increased heart rate.
It usually is slow to materialise and may be connected with a stressful life event/s. when we discuss GAD it is normally effecting the majority of days in the week with unmanageable concerns for at least six months. Throughout life it will generally show itself in waves, sometimes manageable sometimes overwhelming.
Suggested approaches that work well are cognitive therapies; psychotherapy work, relaxation techniques i.e: hypnotherapy and meditation, brain/body balance exercises: i.e: Yoga, Karate, Bal-A-Vis-X.
There are other approaches through chemicals and natural remedies; valerian extract and kava kava being within the category. Chemical intervention is offered via the GP or Psychiatrist.
Living with anxiety can be life stopping and there are approaches that can be learnt that can free us to live our lives in a more contented and beneficial way.