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What is anxiety?

“It is a state of high nervous arousal characterised by nervousness, uncertainty, anticipation.  impatience and trepidation”  Anxiety is behaviour, not a personality type,  though some people are more predisposed to anxiety than others.  Your upbringing, even your traumatic time in the womb might have an effect on your personal makeup.   But the good news is that its not what you are but what you do with it that matters next.

Anxiety is usually accompanied by increased levels of adrenaline – the fight, flight or freeze response.

Nearly all of us get anxious from time to time.   Generally, anxiety is oriented towards things that haven’t  happened yet whereas depression looks to the past, but it really isn’t that simple  You may also look at past events and they make you feel anxious.    Prolonged anxiety is often accompanied by changes in brain chemistry and decreased or increased levels of Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine).  In this respect, it has commonality with Anger and Depression.  If you have been having problems with this or depression then you should discuss this with your GP.  It is considered to be a relatively serious mental health problem.  Of all the possible ways of tackling your condition, your GP is unlikely to promote hypnotherapy or any other complementary therapy but may suggest that you take Antidepressants! (SSRI’s)  I am familiar with your GP’s guidelines on Anxiety having completed the NICE training course

You may have suddenly started to feel anxious and don’t know why,  or you may have been anxious for a long time but now want to do something about it.   When you feel anxious you are also predisposed towards further stress and negative thinking.   The Fight or Flight element tends to make you see things as a threat.  It can be very important that you feel supported.

In my experience as a hypnotherapist, most of the people that develop issues with this are generally very motivated and capable people.   As they struggle to understand their state of mind,   they sometimes make themselves even more anxious.  The key as with most forms of therapy is not to focus on the cause (Which might make you worse) but to focus on the desired outcome.   It is important to find ways to relax and find balance – Hypnotherapy helps this.

Anxiety related issues:-

( that respond really well to hypnotherapy)

  • Panic and Panic Attacks
  • Phobias -Agoraphobia, Claustrophobia, Fear of Flying, Fear of Heights, Spiders, Insects,  The Sea, Motorway driving, Sharks, Vegetables, Marshmallows!  (Yes I have come across this!)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Eating Disorders – Anorexia and Bulimia (Bulimia Nervosa)
  • Sleep Issues / Insomnia

Post Traumatic Stress –  PTSD is generally associated with this although that subject is covered separately on the site here

Hypnotherapy can be useful in giving relief and help give clarity to your feelings.   This can help you sort things out. One of the main principles of hypnotherapy is that you have all the power that you need in your subconscious mind but sometimes need a little help by way of a hypnotherapist to harness this power.  Anxiousness can be debilitating.  Hypnotherapy can help relieve the effects and give a much-needed break.  The deep relaxation in hypnotherapy can take things down several notches.

Through hypnotherapy sessions, you can learn to manage your thoughts and find different ways to relax and manage your overall level of anxiety.  Through hypnotherapy, you can make changes to your behaviour that are life changing.  Instead of at the mercy of your emotions, harness your feelings becoming more focused and in control.

The statement – you have nothing to fear except fear itself is in my experience very true.   The danger is real – fear exists only in your imagination.   I have overcome a number of my own fears and worries.

Confront fears.  In a very relaxed and calm hypnotic state, it is often possible to confront pretty much any fear.

My article on the hypnotherapy directory – What is the point of anxiety?

See also this article “Anxiety-how can hypnotherapy help?”


I have noticed that a lot of people with anxiety sign up to anxiety forums online.  Talking to fellow “Anxiety Sufferers”   Firstly do not see you as a sufferer.  It disempowers you to see yourself as a victim.  Secondly, other anxious people can be very negative and you need to cultivate positive thinking.    Whilst it might help you to discuss your issues with other anxious people it is my very strong feeling that this is a bad use of your time.  Labelling and justifying anxious behaviour is a form of analysis paralysis.  If you want to spend your time better – join a meditation group,  get out of the house, confront your fears. Spend time with mates laughing and joking.   Analysing is not really what you need to do.   Instead, you probably need to become more active,  do more, confront your fears more and analyse much less.

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