Excess fear of a situation can often result in anxiety. This is a natural response and is the body’s way of preparing to fight or flight in an attempt to protect us.
Anxiety varies from one person to the next and symptoms of general anxiety disorder can develop slowly with some people developing a few symptoms, whilst others have more.
Symptoms can be physical or psychological:
|In the body||In the mind|
|irregular heartbeat (palpitations)||difficulty concentrating|
|sleep disturbances (insomnia)||a sense of dread|
|digestive problems (IBS)||restlessness|
|headaches or migraine||irritability|
|muscle aches and tension||impatience|
|dizziness or drowsiness||being easily distracted|
|shortness of breath||feeling constantly ‘on edge’|
|stomach ache or nausea||low self esteem|
When clients have excess anxiety, they can often suffer from various illnesses and conditions, including panic attacks.
By understanding how the brain responds to anxiety, individuals can take control back and deal with life situations more appropriately.
In hypnotherapy, this can be carried out in a relaxed state and we can often see a difference within a relatively short period of time.