Anxiety / Worth Issues
Anxiety, stress, worry and panic are feeling states, which can occur around virtually anything when you believe you are going to suffer in some way.
- ‘I am afraid of what they may think of me’ (people);
- ‘That place gives me the chills’ (places);
- ‘I get so anxious before a test/exam’ (situations), etc.
These common examples do not constitute ‘out-of-the ordinary’ reactions to perceived threats, though they can be inconvenient.
However many anxieties, stresses and fears, if observed in childhood and not ‘nipped in the bud’, create a pattern of fearful thinking, which can become so engrained in the unconscious that they can lead to unwanted and/or unhealthy behaviours. Examples of these behaviours are: lip biting, nail biting, skin picking and teeth grinding. Various physical ailments have also been attributed to excessive fearful thinking – ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, tinnitus and certain skin conditions, to name a few.
Many practitioners like Sonia who work with these issues, recognise both unwanted behaviours and physical conditions (as mentioned here), as symptoms of fear, even though the client may not view themselves as fearful nor anxious, as they are usually automatic behaviours, carried out on autopilot. Sometimes the unwanted behaviours are referred to as displacement activities, and are similar to the act of thumb sucking, displacing the focus of attention away from uncomfortable feelings – an unconscious protective mechanism. Invariably these habits have their roots in childhood with clients sometimes unable to appreciate that their nail biting could be attributed to childhood trauma. Physical conditions such as those mentioned, can be triggered and/or exacerbated by anxiety, stress and worry.
It is when fearful thinking is experienced excessively, and gives rise to a habitual repeating pattern of unhelpful thinking, feeling and behaving, that anxiety, stress, worry and panic, can cause havoc with your health and life.
Fear lies beneath all anxieties, worries, stresses and panicky feelings. In a hypnotherapy session (on or offline) the core fear is identified. In fact, it is often quite a revelation to clients that what they thought was their core fear, what they thought they needed freedom from, turns out to be an offshoot of one or more deeper fears.
In hypnosis, using the right tools and techniques, your unconscious can reveal any deeper fears, which may have lay hidden for years, yet contributed to your anxieties. These are then swiftly cleared along with all associated fears and anxieties and new beneficial beliefs planted in the fertile soil of your mind. This is similar to pulling out a weed. To ensure the weed does not return, you need to take a bit of time loosening the soil around the weed (preparation both in and out of hypnosis) using the right weeding tools. Then, when the weed is gently pulled out, it is removed intact with all the branching roots. Those branches represent the branching offshoots to the original CORE fear – our area of expertise!
Anxiety versus Anxiety Disorder
Unless you are familiar with medical terms or have been diagnosed as having one or more Anxiety Disorders, you may well think that anxiety, and Anxiety Disorder, are the same thing. In fact a diagnosis of ‘Anxiety Disorder’ is given when the patient’s mental condition meets a defined set of diagnostic criteria - See Anxiety Disorders.
Panic versus panic attacks versus Panic Disorder
The above paragraph on ‘Anxiety versus Anxiety Disorder’ is also true for panic, panic attacks and panic disorder. A health practitioner qualified to make diagnoses, will make a diagnosis of Panic Disorder, when a defined set of diagnostic criteria, are met. There is a progression in terms of severity and frequency from panic to panic attacks to Panic Disorder – all of which are highly responsive to hypnotherapy. These conditions are all effectively treated with hypnotherapeutic tools, whether associated with one or more Anxiety Disorders or not. See Panic Disorder.
Consider panic as an expression of anxiety so that on scale of 0 – 10 (representing a spectrum of severity of anxiety), ‘0’ would lie on the left end of this spectrum (equating to no anxious feelings) and ‘10’ on the right end of the spectrum, equates to feeling that you are on the verge of a panic attack. This is one scale used by us, in and out of hypnosis with clients, when employing certain techniques and methodologies known to be effective for the relief of anxieties and fears.
According to the list of the Twenty most Googled diseases (Sheridan, 2017*), ANXIETY was listed as the THIRD most commonly Googled disease!
*Sheridan, K. (2017). The 20 most Googled diseases. Stat News. Retrieved on 5 February 2018 from: https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/06/the-20-most-googled-diseases/
Sonia’s personal Approach
Sonia’s personal reasons for ensuring your freedom from unhealthy anxiety, worry and fear;
“There are practitioners who feel that it is unprofessional and/or a sign of weakness and/or even embarrassing to open up and admit to having suffered from excessive stress, worry and anxiety at one or more periods of their life, on a web-page, let alone colleagues. However, my perspective is that those periods in my life, which felt devastating and resulted in a number of health problems, ‘opened me up’ to having greater empathy and compassion for those who come to me with their anxieties, worries and fears. I can relate to you – which I believe makes me extremely motivated to assist you to become permanently free from your anxieties, worries and specific fears and phobias - however they present. For many, there is the additional fear of having a panic attack. The hypnotherapeutic approach I take with my clients with this fear, instils extreme confidence in them that the fear of ever having a panic attack, is permanently dissolved”.