What causes someone to suffer Generalised Anxiety Disorder?
The foundation of suffering of this condition usually occurs in the childhood years. Hypnoanalysis is a powerful tool that can eradicate Generalised Anxiety Disorder and also gives the reason behind it. More about Hypnoanalysis here What is found when undertaking hypnoanalysis is one of the below two things.
- A repressed emotion
- A compound trauma of multiple incidents
Let’s take a look at each.
A repressed emotion
Repression happens when we experience an event, but are so overwhelmed the event is removed from conscious thought. This means that we forget it has happened. At that moment we were unable to deal with the overpowering emotion so we stored it subconsciously, but out of reach from consciousness. This means that we have a record of it happening in case we need to react to it again, but we don’t have to think about it again. This is a clever way that we protect ourselves. We use experiences to create templates on ways to react. But because this was so traumatic we don’t want to have to relive it again.
Unfortunately a repressed event creates an incorrect belief in our psyche about something. This is because they happen in childhood and we mistake a traumatic event as life or death. So often, these events are nothing more than childhood pranks gone wrong. We were just too young to know better at the time, that they weren’t as bad as we initially believed. Even if the event was traumatic by anyone’s standards, they still shouldn’t have the hold over us as adults as they do.
The time bomb.
The created repression will stay dormant until a similar event happens. The symptoms will only appear if life presents something similar. This means that the repression can stay dormant for an unlimited amount of time. If the experience was a common event, then it may well be released days or weeks after. If, for example, it was related to a plane and you didn’t fly on one again for 40 years, it could stay dormant for decades. In some cases, if you never flew again, it may never be released!
The repression may or may not have anything to do with your presenting issues, but it is the catalyst! The release of the repression will then associate itself with whatever is happening at that moment. For instance, if you are in a busy crowd you will likely develop agoraphobia, if you are flying, aerophobia. Once the repression is released and attaches to something in your life you will start feeling anxious. The natural response is to attempt to avoid that situation. But Anxiety has a knack of morphine from one thing to another. This is because the body is required to release the emotion, but if you are avoiding the trigger it will then stick to another event or situation.
This is a case study of a client I successfully treated to a full recovery using Hyponanalysis.
A success story.
At the age of 29 the client suffered a panic attack on an aeroplane, the moment of the release of the repression. He immediately stopped flying as he believed he would have another one if he did. Because the repression had now come to life whilst flying the clients presenting issue was fear of flying. AS commonly done, the client then avoided flying. But because he avoided flying the anxiety needed to attach to something else. The client then started to feel discomfort on trains, then buses, then taxis. As he avoided each form of travel it just moved on to the next. All the way to the point where the only form of travel he could do was driving himself.
Anxiety tends to morph
The anxiety, then morphed across to small spaces. You can probably see why, as all forms of transport are usually limited in space. He then couldn’t use lifts or then be in meetings at work in small rooms. Off the back of this, a social anxiety was born because he was worried about showing his anxiety at work or in front of friends. So he started to avoid social interaction as best he could. Then there was another wave of morphing towards the client on his health.
What started off as a panic attack on a plane soon became Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Hopefully you can see how easily it can spread.
The repression coming to life doesn’t always have to be as obvious as this example on the plane. People can’t always put their finger on when anxiety started as it can be more gradual after the release of the repression.
It is the release of the original repression that can cause Generalised Anxiety Disorder to start. The repression itself could have been anything and often has little or no resemblance to the presenting problems. After taking this client through analysis we actually found the root cause of the repression. As an 11 year old they were caught in a fight and got cornered and unable to get out. This repression was activated on the aeroplane as the body at that point felt the same as he felt in that moment.
This is the interesting aspect of the way the brain works. What started off as a fight as a child ended up with the adult being scared of going to work in case he was in a small meeting room.
A compound trauma.
In our childhood we can be subjected to repeated negative ideas that we call compound trauma. We then end up living by these ideas as they are ingrained in our psyche. For example, if a parent continually tells the child they will amount to nothing they end up believing that as gospel. As an adult they can have loss of confidence and this can then led to anxiety in many areas of their life. Sometime this can be seen as Free Floating Anxiety, but it can also be responsible for Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
We have two extremely effective avenues to treat GAD
Firstly, Hypnoanalysis, as seen in the client study above. Analysis allowed the opportunity to find the originating trigger to all the problems and remove it. Once repression is exposed and dealt with usually the client returns to full health over the following weeks and months. This can take between 6 and 12 sessions to complete. For more information on Hypnoanalysis click here.
Secondly, BWRT. A specific protocol for working with GAD has been created. This is where we look at all the triggers and work at them one by one. Because many triggers overlap a list of 10 might easily fall to just 4 or 5 when worked through. Depending on the amount of triggers GAD can usually be treated in 2-4 sessions. For more information on BWRT click here
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