What Is Anxiety? and How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate Anxiety!
Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger, the body’s automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situation. Another term for anxiety is Fear, anxiety is just fear of something.
Anxiety can be constant or overwhelming when worries and fears interfere with your relationships and daily life you’ve likely crossed the line into the territory of an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.
Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away when they're ongoing and happen with no particular reason or cause or they come and go frequently. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren't easily controlled.
Types of Anxiety
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
They are present to constant anxiety about many everyday things ranging from work, social, family, health and finances to name a few. People who are experiencing GAD cannot control their thoughts, which focuses them on the anxiety in a way that causes more anxiety. These events are future based; they are anxious about what may happen.
Panic attacks are intense episodes of anxiety or fear. It is accompanied by intense physical and emotional symptoms, as described below in “What Are The Symptoms Of Anxiety?”. The intensity of the anxiety and physical symptoms are extremely high much higher than normal anxiety and can incapacitate the person. Panic attacks can happen for many reasons, usually with no real threat present.
Once a person has experienced a panic attack, they usually have more panic attacks. Which leads to the panic attacks being the object of their anxiety, not the first presenting trigger. They focus on the panic attacks constantly, which then facilitates repeated attacks. A person can become housebound in severe cases. Where they are so anxious about a panic attack happening, they cannot bring them self to leave home due to them attempting to avoid them.
Social anxiety where people are anxious about different social situations to varying degrees. It can also involve performance anxiety, where they may have to speak or perform in front of others. It can also vary by the person how many people will cause them to get anxious. They are anxious about what others may think of them, looking silly, being embarrassed, being rejected, or being the focus of attention in social situations.
Specific anxiety or Phobia is where a person has developed an anxiety about one object or situation. For example, fear of planes, cars, busses, picket fences, cats, dogs, etc. They are having a panic attack associated with one object or situation so it’s the same for panic attacks above except its specific to one trigger and the object is the fear. The reaction is inappropriate and out of all proportion in this situation or to the object. The person will do anything to avoid this object or situation to avoid the anxiety, and if they cannot, they will suffer from acute anxiety leading up to the event.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder develops when a person has undergone an intense physical and emotional event. People who have served in the armed forces and served in a conflict can experience PTSD. Or those who are bystanders in the conflict can also experience PTSD. People can also suffer from PTSD who have experienced something traumatic such as rape, molestation, holdup, road rage, etc. The person can re-experience the trauma on an ongoing basis, they also may suffer nightmares and mood swings.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Individuals with OCD who have rituals, where they have to perform repetitive tasks. If they don't do the rituals, they experience intense anxiety. Where they have repetitive thoughts, these thoughts are time consuming and distressing for the person. Examples of these compulsions are checking locks, checking taps, washing, washing hands, fear of contamination, health issues, and counting to name a few. These rituals may occur in all aspects of their life from work, walking, eating, social, etc.
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
You may experience a range of symptoms and they will vary from one person to another. Below is a range of symptoms that you may experience.
Anxiety May Include Other Emotional Signs
Physical Signs of Anxiety May Include
Other Signs of Anxiety May Include
According to the Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria, Anxiety is the most common mental health problem affecting Australians. Anxiety affects 9.7% or 1.3 million adult Australians (12% women and 7.1% men) during a 12-month period (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1997).
The onset of anxiety problems is generally in early too late adolescence. Various research studies report anxiety prevalence rates between 5.7% to 15.4% in children ranging in age from 7 to 11 years old, and rates of 8.7% to 17.7% in adolescents aged 12 to 18 years old.
The population of people in Victoria who will suffer from anxiety problems at some time during their life, is estimated to be 600,000.
Anxiety & Panic Attacks for 20 years
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Farewell Fear of Driving
The sense of pure relief and happiness was phenomenal.
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I felt liberated and still do. My only wish is I had found hypnotherapy earlier, in 2 hours a 10-year anxiety had just vanished.
How Do You Develop Anxiety?
There are many reasons why people develop anxiety there’s no one cause, there are many different reasons and they vary from person to person below we outline some factors that can trigger off anxiety.
Factors That May Cause Anxiety
Drugs That Can Also Trigger Anxiety Include the Following
So all the things mentioned above can trigger you into being anxious; However, it’s not that simple. We store our emotions in our bodies and they are anchored to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of being anxious, you store these emotions in your body anchored to your memories and you accumulate them.
So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your anxiety level is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of anxiety that level goes up to say 3, 6, 7 etc till it reaches a point where you really feel anxious. The level at which this happens differs from person to person.
So all the things mentioned above have the potential to create a feeling of anxiety that gets stored in the body anchored to your memories and if you have enough of these events, you will get really anxious. Sometimes it may only take one event, but normally it’s usually and accumulation of events that will trigger off high anxiety.
Lastly, a special case maybe none of the above things have happened to you that has triggered off any anxiety, well there’s another way you can become anxious which explains how you can get anxiety without the normal tell tale experiences.
Now emotions are contagious, so if you’re in the company of someone who is anxious you will go into the same emotional state as that person, so you become anxious while you are with them. You may stay in that state for a while afterwards or for a longer period of time. So you’re creating a memory where you are anchoring anxiety. This is all happening outside of your conscious awareness it’s happening subconsciously.
Now with repeated exposure to this person or others who have anxiety you will begin to accumulate more memories with anxiety anchored to them and at some point you have accumulate enough and you then become anxious yourself even though you may have no reason to be anxious. But because you are anxious, the emotion will then look for things for you to be anxious about, your mind has no choice, when your sad you have sad thoughts when your happy you have happy thoughts and when your anxious you have anxious thoughts and of course you don’t choose your thoughts they get chosen for you. Think of it this way imagine your wearing sunglasses but instead of filtering out rays of the sun it filters everything through a filter of anxiety or fear so everything could become dangerous or fearful.
So this shows up in families if your parents are anxious, as a child you will spend much of your time in an anxious state just from being around them all the time, so by the time you in your early 20s you may have anxiety and not know why. It's because you spent so much time in that state and accumulated many memories of anxiety. Often doctors confuse this with genetics and say you're predisposed to being anxious because it runs in your family because of your genes. But this is not the case; It is just exposure and environmental reasons; it is nurture not nature.
Another way this can show up is if you’re married to someone who is anxious then obviously you will slowly become anxious your self over time as you spend more time with them.
Do Anti-Anxiety Drugs Work?
The use of drugs on anxiety is widespread. However, the problem with this approach is that medication masks the symptoms of the problem and doesn't deal with the problem. So you are effectively reliant on the drugs to get through life. While this may be good for the drug companies, it’s definitely not ideal for you.
So why is this the case and how does it work? Firstly, you need to understand what emotions are? Emotions are made of two things: thoughts and physical sensations in the body.
So thoughts are images, colour, movies, sound dialog, talking to yourself and others in your head. The physical sensations are feeling hot or cold, heart racing, pins and needles, vibrations, pulsing sensations, butterflies in stomach, all of these sensations and many, many more are physical sensations in the body.
So the thought combined with the physical sensation form an emotion. Also, some of the physical signs listed above may not be part of the emotion but are intensified by them.
So when you take anti-anxiety they mask the physical symptoms of the emotion anxiety and other related signs so there’s an illusion that you feel better but all it’s doing is numbing you so you cannot actually feel the physical symptoms. And that goes for all other emotions the drugs just numb the physical sensations of the emotion. Over time, your anxiety will continue to go up so the drugs just don’t work.
Cycle of Anxiety Reinforces the Anxiety
How we live recreates the old pattern or reinforces anxiety in our lives. Because the way we feel will change your behaviour, and then before you know it, we are doing the same thing which perpetuates the anxiety. Because of the way you feel, you don't have the energy or knowledge of how to deal with it.
So by stopping going out socialising and doing activities you're used to like, etc., and isolating yourself at home will just strengthen and solidify the anxiety just making things worse. It becomes a self actualising problem through your habituated behaviour which reinforces the anxiety.
Treatments for Anxiety
How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate Anxiety?
Hypnotherapy that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in eliminating anxiety.
However, most hypnotherapy approaches don’t work to eliminate anxiety in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.
Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and this is the key to eliminating anxiety.
I have been working with clients for years helping them eliminate their anxiety by using hypnotherapy and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.
This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions from your memories; Remember, you store your emotions in your body anchored to your memories. So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless.
So we will remove all emotions that trigger your anxiety like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, etc.
At the end of my hypnotherapy sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions associated with them back, but hey cannot get any emotion associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But all of these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.
Finally, I will get them to go back to all the times they can remember having anxiety and they won’t be able to get any of the old emotions, physical sensations from those memories.
So at the end of the session these clients no longer have the anxiety.