Anxiety – it’s only natural to be anxious at times.
Anxiety becomes a problem when it becomes so constant that it controls your life.
Some facts about anxiety.
Women are 60% more likely to suffer with anxiety than men but that doesn’t mean it’s just something that women suffer with – far from it.
It may be that those statistics aren’t quite right because many men would rather suffer in silence than admit to feelings of anxiety.
There are six main types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
- Panic disorder(panic Attacks).
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
- Specific phobias.
- Social anxiety disorder.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Constant worrying.
- Feelings of dread.
- A belief that bad things will happen if they do not do things a certain way.
- A belief that everything is dangerous.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Feeling irritable or restless.
- Blowing problems out of proportion.
- Having an unrealistic view of the severity of a situation.
- A pounding heart.
- An upset stomach.
- Shortness of breath.
- Urinating frequently.
- Feeling dizzy.
- Sweating, tremors or twitches or fatigue.
- Muscle tension.
How anxious are you?
People can suffer more than one type of anxiety disorder, they can be bought about from substance abuse, overwork, relationship issues, stress, eating disorders and many other things too.
You can download a HADS (hospital anxiety and depression scale) form here to check your levels of anxiety if you wish.
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Treatments can include third party and self-help.
Hypnotherapy helps your emotional mind understand that certain thinking errors may be destructive and help you to make changes at a deep emotional level.
Behavioural therapy places the focus on actions and behaviours rather than the underlying issues and is one popular component of anxiety disorder treatment.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you identify and challenge your negative thought patterns and any irrational thinking.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) is an extremely powerful combination of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Exposure therapy allows you to face your fears in a controlled environment. For example, someone with OCD may be forced to eat their food without first arranging it in a certain pattern or order.
Even if you do not have a serious anxiety disorder and just happen to be a nervous person, it is important to evaluate how you are taking care of yourself and determine if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle.
- Eat properly.
- Exercise regularly.
- If possible get a good night’s sleep.
- Find people you can ask for help from.
- Avoid stressful situations if possible.
- Limit your caffeine intake.
- Learn relaxation skills, like deep breathing, meditation or self-hypnosis.
- Practice stress management and healthy coping skills.