Do you suffer with anxiety?
If you do then you are not alone. According to NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) up to 15% of the population suffers from one form of anxiety disorder at any time.
In last year more than 70 million prescriptions were issued for antidepressant medication with an estimated 10% of the adult population taking them at any one time.
What are the symptoms?
Some of the many symptoms include:
- Feeling on edge, easily startled, irritable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Dry mouth
- Trouble swallowing
- Lump in throat
- Shaking or twitching
- Breathlessness – feeling smothered
- Pins and needles
- Dizziness feeing faint
- Palpitations or chest pains
- Chills or hot flushes
- Muscle tension, aches and pains
- Urge to urinate or defecate
- Feelings of dying or heart attack
- Feelings of going crazy or having no control
- Sense of things not feeling real
How would a doctor asses if I’m suffering from anxiety?
NICE recommends that a test called GAD 7 is used to asses anxiety.
Ask yourself each the questions below and give yourself a score as follows:
- Not at all: 0
- Several days: 1
- More than half the days: 2
- Nearly every day: 3
Over the past 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems?
- Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge
- Being unable to stop or control worrying
- Worrying too much about different things
- Having trouble relaxing
- Being so restless that it is hard to sit still
- Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
- Feeling afraid, as if something awful might happen
Now add up your total score. If your total score comes to 8 or more then your anxiety level is probably higher than the ideal.
What can I do about anxiety.
The first thing is take a deep breath. Really, that’s not just a figure of speech. Breathing deeply, evenly and into your stomach is a fantastic way to begin to calm you.
Other fantastic self help tools are meditation and mindfulness. Exercise is beneficial too, even going for a brisk walk is known to help to burn off adrenaline which is one of the chemicals produced when you are in a anxious state.
Write down your feelings. A mood diary is a great way to help you to understand what you are feeling and to begin to see patterns. This can help you to identify certain triggers and situations that you may want to avoid until you are feeling better.
How can hypnotherapy help with anxiety?
Hypnotherapy can be a very powerful tool in the fight against anxiety.
Based on a framework that usually lasts between 3 and 6 sessions I will tailor my anxiety programme specifically to you.
Depending on your needs things that we will cover include:
- Increasing your self confidence
- Increasing your self esteem
- Releasing negative thoughts
- Letting go of worry
- Coping strategies to calm and relax you quickly
- Spotting and changing unhelpful patterns of thought
- Breaking unhelpful cycles
Most people who I work with using this programme will begin to feel better after only 1 or 2 sessions while many tell me that they are already noticing changes after our first meeting.