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with one step." - Lao Tzu
Feelings of worry can strike anybody and at almost any time, and it is highly likely that every person will experience these feelings at some point in their lives. There are many factors that can contribute to these feelings (or excessive feelings) of worry and stress, for example you may be anxious about an impending job interview, money worries, problems in your personal relationships or even just the day to day pressures of everyday life.
These feelings are in fact completely normal and a natural reaction to stress, however, for some people the level of worry can become so “large” or “significant” that it starts to affect their ability to get on with daily living.
Medical Research estimates that around 2% of the population will experience this as a Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) at least once in their lifetime and is most likely to crop up in your mid to late twenties. Research also suggests that less men than women are affected by excessive worry problems.
GAD tends to be more long term and can affect many areas of your life leading to anxious feelings about almost anything that is happening, leading to a lack of perspective and a cycle that spirals out of control. For many sufferers it can feel like the condition is constant and that you never get a chance to really relax.
There are numerous signs and symptoms of GAD for example:
In more significant cases it is possible for your feelings of worry to become so significant that it become a “panic” which can be very alarming. Many people who suffer from a panic issues develop a sense that the panic could become so bad that it might lead to unconsciousness or even heart failure.
Of course It is impossible to capture every condition in which excessive worry is a dominant symptom, so if you are in any doubt, then we would urge you to contact me to arrange a consultation to discuss your particular issue.
“Mild” Worry & Stress
If the problem that you are currently experiencing is “mild” and is due to an upcoming event such as a driving test, an important exam, a driving test and perhaps a hospital operation then this level can often be very effectively reduced using Clinical Hypnosis that can help you to feel more relaxed and in control. Clinical Hypnosis will allow you to “tap into” the internal resources and experiences that you undoubtedly have somewhere in your mind and by helping you to visualize much more positive outcomes will also help you to become more in control. Hypnosis is also fantastically relaxing and can really help you to “re-connect” your body and mind!
In the above scenarios we would normally recommend a session of clinical hypnosis just a few days before the event.
“Strong” Worry & Stress
If your problem is more significant, you’ve suffered for a long time or that it is having a detrimental effect on your life, if you are experiencing more frequent Panic Attacks and cannot understand why it is you’re feeling this way, then you would almost undoubtedly benefit from a course of Analytical Hypnosis which will help you to discover and then remove the causes of the problem and to be able to get back on with living your life.
Sadness or Medically Diagnosed Depression
Often stress and worry symptoms can be part of an issue concerning a chronic or continued feeling of sadness or medically diagnosed depression. For more information on this issue please read more here.