Anxiety is a common issue. It is far more prevalent than people realise. Treating anxiety is an are in which I specialise.
Anxiety and Anxiety Disorder
There are two forms of anxiety.
1. A specific anxiety where the trigger is known.
2. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – anxiety where the trigger is not known.
With the generalised type, the sufferer feels a fluctuating level of anxiety, often for no apparent reason. Both specific and generalised forms of anxiety are types of fear.
Symptoms of Anxiety or Anxiety Disorder
These are some of the more common physical and emotional symptoms; a sufferer won’t necessarily experience all of them at once.
- increased breathing rate often leading to breathlessness
- raised heart rate
- feeling faint
- excessive sweating
- sometimes chest pains
- lack of concentration
- a sense of impending doom
- feelings of dread
- dry mouth
If there is a specific trigger, then the mind is predicting some form of negative consequence from a particular situation, or person – or both. This is most likely based on memories with negative outcomes.
Some of the most common forms of anxiety I deal with are:- social anxiety, separation anxiety, status anxiety, performance anxiety, somatic anxiety (somatic meaning of the physical body), there are many other forms of anxiety that any one individual can develop and that I have helped with over the years.
In situations where there is a specific anxiety, the sufferer is consciously aware of what the trigger is. In nearly all cases, the fear or anxiety is irrational, or out of proportion, or out of context, but it will feel very real.
Treatment for Specific Anxiety
This kind of anxiety can be successfully treated with a number of therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and or a form of regression therapy to resolve the origins of the issue.
Most people don’t realise that their anxiety can be treated and eliminated, most will turn to anxiety medication or natural remedies for anxiety, and whilst these can be effective they don’t treat the root cause of the actual issue itself, this is where our work is focused, the root cause.
Nobody should live with anxiety, you weren’t born with it, If you are ready to resolve your anxiety then simply give me call, Neil Drew, on 07879 282526 for more information or to make an appointment.
“Generalised” Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Are you feeling varying degrees of anxiety throughout your waking hours for no reason in particular? The good news is that it can be successfully treated.
Your GAD is happening because the unconscious part of your mind is trying to protect you from a number of perceived threats. You won’t be consciously aware of what your mind is doing in the background, nor will you be aware of all the memories of past experiences that are the actual cause of your anxiety, you will of course be consciously aware of the anxious feelings, also of your emotional and physical responses.
Treatment for GAD
Generalised Anxiety Disorder can be debilitating, but I can treat you very effectively using a form of regressive therapy. This therapy helps us find the origins of the issue and trace its development. We can then uncover any negative beliefs or detrimental decisions made by the mind in the background and re-educate it.
If you are ready to resolve your generalised anxiety then simply contact me, Neil Drew, on 07879 282526 for more information, or to make an appointment.
“Generalised” Anxiety (A Fictional Case Study)
The following is a simplified example of what the mind does in the background beyond your conscious awareness, the example below is a generalisation to help you gain some form of understanding.
Two things you should understand first-
1. Your mind is constantly monitoring the outside world.
2. It uses past experiences to predict the future.
Let us use a random example of a person at 9 years old, for simplicity I will call them Jo.
Jo has to stand up in class and read a passage from a book. Jo makes a mistake and the other children laugh. What’s more, the teacher criticises Jo in front of the other pupils.
Jo’s brain stores this as a memory of a negative experience and attaches fear to the event. Jo’s brain may also attach a belief to the event – like “I am no good at reading”.
Then on another occasion at home (say), Jo is once again criticised for mistakes made in reading to his parents. Jo’s mind links the two events together and increases the emotional reaction whenever faced with the prospect of reading where someone can hear.
Jo may be perfectly good at reading, but because Jo now becomes anxious about reading, Jo makes mistakes. Thus this further perpetuates Jo’s belief that reading is something that causes emotional pain. This increases the anxiety (fear) and continues to create other references of negative experiences of reading.
Jo as an adult:
Jo is going to be given a promotion to a manager’s role, yet is plagued by feelings of not being good enough.
Jo develops anxiety about the role. This creates worry about having to do reports and possibly read them out in meetings. Jo might even decline the offer because the anxiety experienced is too much.
What’s happening to Jo?:
Jo’s unconscious mind is remembering all of the negative references from the past and predicting negative outcomes in present or future situations.
Obviously, this is based upon old out of date experiences and gives rise to anxiety. Jo’s mind is trying to protect, by attempting to stop any further embarrassment, ridicule, failure or punishment, which Jo’s mind unconsciously believes will happen based upon retained and unresolved memories.
The Importance of Getting Help:
Earlier I mentioned how the mind uses past experiences to predict the future and the emotional responses to current situations, if the issues creating your anxiety, whether that be a specific anxiety or generalised anxiety, remain unresolved then your mind will continue to predict negative outcomes, both from an in the moment situation or one which is planned for your future, these references and memories continue to build and the anxiety continues to build with it.
Each time anxiety is experienced, the mind links what is happening to the existing bank of memories it associates with anxiety. This causes the emotional response to intensify, it also causes the references it is using to broaden.
So, if left untreated anxiety gets worse, the emotional reactions increase, the physical symptoms broaden and intensify. In addition, the situations where anxiety is triggered become so broad that it leads to generalised anxiety. Eventually it can lead to panic attacks in both specific triggered anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder. Eventually you will get to the place that I personally call the tipping point, this is where you can no longer push back the anxiety and do whatever it is you want to do, the emotions then control you and you are no longer able to do the things you want and the Anxiety is in charge.
Your anxiety can be treated, I will tailor the most appropriate and effective solution to suit you. Every case is unique, and you will be treated with complete confidentiality.