Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Are you a worrier? Do you feel stressed and anxious about little things? Or maybe you’re not even entirely sure what you’re anxious about? Maybe you have panic attacks and you don’t know why? Let me start by saying that you are not alone. Many people suffer from crippling anxiety and, if you feel anxious all the time, you may be suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
What is anxiety?
We all feel anxiety differently, just like we are all different individuals. Anxiety is a feeling of unease, a feeling of worry and/or fear and can be felt at different levels. Some may feel it mildly, others on a more severe level.
It is safe to say that we have all felt anxious at one time or another in our lives. Whether it be for a job interview, maybe your first day in a job or anxious for our children starting school. During these times it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious.
However, there are people who find it hard to control their worrying and anxious feelings, which in turn can effect their day to day living.
Who Can Suffer From GAD and Why?
The answer in short is anyone can suffer from it, but studies show that women suffer from it slightly more than men do and 5% of the general population suffer from it. It seems to be most common in the age range 35-59.
The exact cause for generalised anxiety disorder isn’t understood fully, although it is most likely several factors that play a role in leading to this disorder. Research has shown that these are contributing factors:
- An imbalance of hormones and/or brain chemicals serotonin and noradrenalin, which are involved in the control of our mood
- It could be genetical. The genes you inherit from your parents. Did you know you are 5 times more likely to suffer from generalised anxiety disorder if a relative has/is suffering from it?
- Overactivity in the brain that controls our emotions and behaviours
- Those who have a history of abuse as a child, whether it be physical, sexual or emotional
- If you suffer from a long term illness
- Those who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse
These are some of the common factors that lead to generalised anxiety disorder. There is help though and this is where what I do comes in.
How I Can Help Those Suffering With Generalised Anxiety Disorder
I work with clients all the time who suffer from anxiety by using hypnotherapy, particularly behavioural hypnotherapy and this approach really works.
Firstly to help people get over the state of crises they are often in when they make the decision to come and see me. Secondly, I give them tools and techniques they can use to help manage the state if they start to feel anxious.
The danger is, if you’ve suffered once, then every time you feel anxious again, you feel it’s all coming back again. You can feel anxious about being anxious. This is where I give you techniques to use the minute you start to feel the anxiety creeping back in and stop feeling like this, no matter where you are.
Please do contact me to either discuss your anxiety or book some sessions with me.