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 to 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.
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- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Specific Phobia
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Hypnosis for Anxiety can help people with GAD. They are present to constant anxiety about many every day things ranging from work, social, family, health and finances to name a few. People who are experiencing GAD cannot control their thoughts, which tends to focus them on the anxiety in a way that usually causes more anxiety. These events are usually future based, they are anxious about what may happen. The anxiety manifests physically in their body, with the following symptoms. Tension in muscles, edgy, shaking, restlessness, sleeping problems, mind racing, confusion, concentration problems and tiredness.
Hypnosis for Anxiety can help with 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 as to how many people will cause them to get anxious. They are anxious about what others may think of them, looking silly, being embarrassed or simply being the focus of attention in social situations. Some of the physical symptoms may be sweating, blushing, shaking, heart palpitations, out of body sensation to name a few, it usually differs from person to person.
Panic attacks are intense episodes of anxiety or fear. It is usually accompanied by intense physical and emotional symptoms, as described above in the other sections. 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 initial presenting trigger. They tend to 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.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Hypnosis for Anxiety can help Individuals with OCD who tend to 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 usually distressing for the person. Examples of these compulsions are checking locks, checking taps, washing, washing hands, fear of contamination, health issues, counting to name a few. These rituals may occur in all aspect of their life from work, walking, eating, social etc.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder usually 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, roadrage etc. The person can re-experience the trauma on an ongoing basis, they also may suffer nightmares and change of moods. They may experience anxiety, anger, guilt, sadness or other emotions at debilitating levels.
Specific Anxiety 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. The reaction is inappropriate and out of all proportion in this situation, or to the object. The person will usually 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.
Hypnosis for Anxiety can help with all of these anxiety issues and those not mentioned, can be treated with Hypnotherapy.