Anxiety is a feeling of unease that can range from mild to severe, and can include feelings of worry and fear.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD): a long-term condition that causes excessive anxiety and worry relating to a variety of situations. GAD consists of anxious thinking, physical and emotional tension, and feelings of apprehension that intensify around potential or even imagined threats. The treatment of anxiety involves analyzing and modifying catastrophic thinking and expectation, discouraging avoidance of what is feared, and fostering feelings of control and mastery over anxious thoughts and feelings. Hypnotherapy is extremely effective in reducing anxiety, as it bypasses the worrisome thoughts and tendencies in the conscious mind, and accesses calm, creativity and rationality.
Post-traumatic stress disorder: a condition that has psychological and physical symptoms and is caused by very frightening or distressing events
When anxiety goes on overload, a panic attack can result. The physical portion of panic is known as the “emergency response” with its disturbing symptoms of a racing heart, dizziness, numbness, tingling, and a sense of unreality. These symptoms can be uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous; the emergency response is often a false alarm (although it may not feel so). A panic attack occurs when your body experiences a rush of intense psychological (mental) and physical symptoms.
You may feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety. As well as these feelings, you may also experience physical symptoms such as:
- a sensation that your heart is beating irregularly (palpitations)
The number of panic attacks that you have will depend on the severity of your condition. Some people may have one or two attacks each month, while others may have several attacks a week.
Read more about the symptoms of panic disorder.
Panic attacks can be very frightening and intense, but they are not dangerous. A panic attack will not cause you any physical harm and it is unlikely that you will be admitted to hospital if you have had a panic attack. Using Hypnosis, however, it is more than likely that you will be able to regain and maintain control.
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