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 and Anxiety Disorder

These are some of the more common physical and emotional symptoms; a sufferer won’t necessarily experience all of them at once.

Symptoms of Panic Attacks

You haven’t got to suffer with every single one of these symptoms together in order to be said to be suffering with panic attacks. In the first instance always consult your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms listed below prior to seeking therapeutic intervention.

  • Typically someone suffering with panic attacks will of course be panicking
  • Raised heart rate and often with palpitations
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Difficulty breathing as if either choking or shortness of breath as if being smothered
  • Chest pains or discomfort in the chest area
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Unsteady on the feet
  • Lightheaded or feeling faint
  • Feeling like they are having an out of body experience (dissociation) as if they aren’t in themselves.
  • Sometimes there can be feelings of nausea or even abdominal pain
  • Feelings of numbness or even a tingling sensation
  • Excessive sweating
  • These symptoms can lead the sufferer to fear they are dying or that they are losing control or even that they are somehow going crazy. For the sufferer this is extremely scary.
  • There are also a number of medical conditions which the person suffering with panic attacks can be prone too such as IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), migraines and asthma.

The Importance of getting help

The way that the mind works is by linking and making associations, it uses past experiences of negative events in order to try and protect us, these build up like a catalogue, and these broaden as we go through life.

If left untreated Panic Attacks worsen and intensify, they spread to other triggers, you can end up feeling out of control and is if you are losing your mind, as if there is no hope.

Your Panic Attacks can be treated and eliminated, I will tailor the most appropriate and effective solution to suite you. Read some of my past client testimonials.

Getting rid of Panic Attacks starts with one simple phone call, you and I arrange an initial consultation, this initial consultation takes about one hour and then we simply get started resolving the issues.

On average curing Panic Attacks takes between 6 and 9 weeks with one session per week.

Panic Attack (A Fictional Case Study)

The following is a very simplified and generalised example of what the mind does in the background; everyone reacts uniquely to the events in their lives.

As with the example of Anxiety there are two basic and simplified things that 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 real life example that is condensed for simplicity, I will call the person Sam.

Sam is born to parents that are over protective, mum constantly says things like “be careful, you might hurt yourself”, “someone might take you away if you wander off and you will never see mummy again”, “if you are bad I will put you up for adoption”

Sam’s mind is creating images of what this might look like, it generalises a meaning to these collective statements as if it were a certainty, it attaches the emotion of fear. Because Sam’s mind, like all of our minds are hard wired for survival, it then goes on the lookout for possible matches to these generalised and stored beliefs.

Sam goes to school for the first time, mum leaves Sam for the teachers to take care of, Sam’s mind links Mum’s past statements to this event and assumes that mum is leaving Sam, fear sets in and Sam is fearful that mum isn’t coming back and is emotional.

The emotion and belief that mum isn’t coming back is being driven by the unconscious mind in the background, based upon the beliefs and negative fantasies created by Sam’s Mum’s continual over protectiveness.

Making matters worse mum says to Sam just before leaving him at the gate in the hands of the teachers, “Stay away from the children that are bullies and will hurt you, do as you are told or you could be in trouble”, Mum is very nervous about leaving Sam and Sam is picking up on mum’s anxiety and fear which also increases Sam’s fear.

Sam as an adult-

Sam has children, Sam is repeating the same things that were said by his mum. Sam’s children are forming their own internal individual meanings of these statements and becoming ever more fearful of the world, Sam is aware, but cannot help but be fearful and repeat the same statements as was said in Sam’s childhood.

Sam is shopping with the children, one is distracted and becomes separated from the family, Sam realises one child is missing and then goes into a full blown Panic Attack. During this period of time Sam’s mum is elderly and in hospital and becoming increasingly unwell through old age.

Sam is now panicking whenever the children are out of sight, whenever the telephone rings and at the thought of holiday’s away or even venturing any distance from home.

What is happening to Sam?-

Sam’s unconscious mind in the background is remembering all of the childhood experiences and negative beliefs formed from the messages he was given by his mother, in addition it is using the references where fear was experienced.

Sam also in the formative years formed an attachment to his mother with an associated belief that if anything happened to her Sam could surely not survive, “Who will help save me if I don’t have my mother?”. All of this is going on in the background of Sam’s mind beyond conscious awareness.

Because Sam’s mother is in hospital and a child momentarily goes missing, Sam’s mind links everything together and his mind creates a Panic Attack as it perceives that all of the fears it has are being realised.

Sam’s mind is now in a constant and heightened state of fear, any slight perception of a problem real or imagined is creating a Panic Attack.