Kingston Hypnotherapy offers hypnosis combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The treatment involves developing more helpful, realistic ways of thinking which have an impact on how we feel and behave. Hypnosis is very helpful as it can be used to rapidly change your perception of a past event or release emotion from it. You can also rehearse managing an anxiety-provoking situation under hypnosis and as the subconscious doesn't know the difference between a real event and a vividly imagined event, it then believes you've actually done it. Then when you face it in reality your subconscious does a pattern match and allows you to remain calm as the situation no longer seems threatening.
I worked for 4 years in an NHS IAPT service using CBT effectively with hundreds of clients with anxiety disorders. In my private practice I have the added bonus of hypnotherapy which definitely speeds up the process.
Anxiety can be experienced at different levels, and although most people experience some anxiety when facing particularly stressful situations (such as a speech or presentation), anxiety disorders are severe and can have a massive impact on a person's life. Anxiety can be brought on by a fear of something that happened, or what we think may happen and dread happening.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Individuals suffering from generalised anxiety disorder often anticipate tragedy and worry extremely about family, money and health. Generalised anxiety disorder interferes with daily life and is usually diagnosed when an individual spends at least six months worrying excessively about normal everyday problems. Other minor issues such as chores or appointments can also cause anxiety and for some, just getting through the day can be extremely stressful.
Panic disorder which is characterised by terror, which strikes suddenly without warning. Panic attacks are a common symptom of panic disorder, but not everyone who has a panic attack will develop panic disorder. Panic disorder is much more common than is generally recognised and affects a large proportion of the population.
Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. According to some research, social anxiety is the third most common psychiatric disorder after depression and alcoholism. Fear of being around other people, having to interact with them and being judged negatively by them are the common signs of social anxiety.
Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces, crowds, public places and/or travelling alone. It often starts with a panic attack.
Health anxiety is an anxiety disorder that is often seen as part of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) spectrum of disorders. Those affected by health anxiety have an obsessional preoccupation with the idea or the thought that they are currently (or will be) experiencing a physical illness.
As there are different types of anxiety, there are a number of different symptoms, however the most common include:
dizziness, breathlessness, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, loss of libido, headaches, loss of appetite, muscle tension, a tight feeling in the chest, sweating, difficulty sleeping, poor performance, diarrhoea, palpitations.