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What is Anxiety?

What is Anxiety?

Medical professionals usually describe anxiety as a feeling of uneasiness, worry or nervousness about any situation with an uncertain outcome. Worried thoughts often characterise anxiety and feeling of tension. Individuals suffering from anxiety may experience physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure, sweating, quivering, etc. Such individuals tend to avoid certain confrontations or events due to fear of becoming anxious.

However, not every case of anxiety ought to be considered a disorder since there are normal circumstances where people get anxious (such as when undertaking an experience for the first time). An example of normal anxiety may occur when addressing a large crowd for the first time or when dealing with a financial crisis. Depending on your level of anxiety, you can verify if your anxiety is moving from a normal situation into an anxiety disorder.

The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) published a report which states that about 40 million American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder each year. With such statistics, it is vital to point out some key signs of anxiety disorder since it can interfere with your family life, career and social obligations if not properly managed.

What Are The Symptoms of Anxiety?

10 Key things that may signify you are suffering from an anxiety disorder will include;

• Excessive worry
• Irrational fear
• Sleep problems
• Chronic indigestion
• Constant muscle pain
Panic
• Flashbacks
Obsessive-Compulsive behaviour
• Perfectionism
• Self-doubt

Also, worth noting is how television and news provoke anxiety in people. With many 24 hours news channels available nowadays, people watching the news are at times unsettled by videos that may cause them to panic. Television news especially now more than ever causes anxiety due to the increase in global unrest. Videos from these places of unrest mostly come with images that cause some people to worry or even make them panic. Such images will include videos or photos showing ISIS beheadings, human right violation images in countries having unrest such as Syria.

The phrase ‘television and news provoke anxiety in people’ can be backed by the work of Dr Graham Davey who specialises in the psychological effects of media violence. His work suggests that exposure to violent media can lead to the development of stress, anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Also, a 2001 self-report study by 124 New York City workers six months after the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attack highlighted that, watching the events of 9/11 on television was enough to trigger PTSD symptoms such as worrying about future terrorist attacks and reduced self-confidence in some viewers.

Constant panic attacks can make you fear other anxiety attacks; this can cause you to be constantly on alert, and this may make you unable to get a good night’s sleep. According to research, if you suffer from heart disease the addition of an anxiety disorder can increase the risk of coronary events. Thus, anxiety is a serious cause for concern.

Luckily for most people in modern societies suffering from anxiety, help is readily available. Please contact your primary care provider, normally your GP first before exploring the benefits of hypnotherapy for your anxiety.

Once you’ve cleared any initial concerns with your GP I’d be delighted to hear from you so we can discuss how my programmes can give you the benefits of my well established approach for dealing with your worries. Please make contact to we can chat through how best the different options can assist you in the most effective way.

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