There is a difference between stress and anxiety. Stress comes from the pressures we feel in life, as we are pushed by work or any other task that puts undue pressure on our minds and body.
Stress is caused by an existing factors like having to give a speech. Anxiety is stress that continues after that stressor is gone. Stress can come from a thought or situation that makes you feel nervous, frustrated, angry, or even anxious.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear or apprehension and is almost always accompanied by feelings of impending doom. The source of this uneasiness is not always known or recognized, which can add to the distress you feel.
Symptoms of anxiety
Common physical symptoms of stress and anxiety include:
- dizziness and feeling light headed
- reduced attention span
- difficulty in concentrating
- loss of sexual interest
- loss of appetite
- muscle tension
- difficulty breathing
- a tight feeling in the chest
- difficulty sleeping
- poor performance
What causes anxiety
Anxiety can be brought on in many ways. Dealing with stressful situations can make you have anxious thoughts. Worrying excessively can cause anxiety. This can be worry about anything from health matters to job problems to world issues.
Research suggests there are a number of contributing factors, such as:
- Brain chemistry
Some medication seems to alter the chemical imbalances in some individual’s brains, suggesting that there could be a chemical imbalance link to anxiety.
Evidence suggests that anxiety can run in families. However evidence is not clear as to whether genetic factors account for the disorder or whether similar environments and life experiences contribute to its cause.
- Life experiences
The development of anxiety disorders is believed to be linked to long term exposure to abuse, poverty, violence or drugs.
Research suggests that personality types may determine whether or not you are susceptible to developing an anxiety disorder.
Excessive anxiety and stress can lead to phobias and depression. Depression can be a lifelong struggle, but the good news is that all of this is manageable!
The good news is that sufferers can and do get better but it takes help and support along the way; and that is where hypnotherapy comes in.
Treatment of anxiety
I aim to seek out the root cause of the anxiety and change an individuals perception of a past event or release emotion from it. Focusing on the thought processes that can lead to anxiety. To achieve this I use a combination of approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)