Do you find yourself feeling Anxious and depressed? Often people who get anxious also fall into what is know as situational depression.
This is where you start to feel down because the anxiety is having an overbearing impact on your life.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
There are a number of symptoms to anxiety. You can perfectly fine in social situations for example, but have a fear or phobia of spiders (for example). You don’t need to anxious about everything to suffer from anxiety.
Below are 5 signs and symptoms of varying types of Anxiety
- Social Anxiety – feeling nervous or anxious before/during social situations.
- Workplace anxiety – finding yourself overly anxious in the workplace
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – a person feels anxious most days about a variety of things. I go into more detail below on this.
- Phobias – Do you have a fear of spiders or flying?
- Panic Disorder – do you experience re-occurring panic attacks?
The good news is that once we get rid of the anxiety, the depression soon lifts and so starts your journey in Overcoming Anxiety.
How I can help you Overcome Anxiety
Here at Bedfordshire Therapies I use two treatments that have a proven track records of success in eliminating anxiety at its root.
Below I detail how these therapies work so you can see which one works best for you. Like always you can contact me for a free confidential consultation or phone call to see which therapy suits you best.
What is BWRT Therapy?
Older models of therapy dealt with the part of the mind that experiences the problem, the conscious part of yourself. The problem with that is that we need to consciously feed information back on how to deal with situations.
BWRT is different! BWRT works directly with the part of the mind that is causing the problem.
We don’t want to use techniques when our fear of public speaking arises, we want to stop having that fear!
That’s the power of BWRT Therapy!
Take a look at the short video below on What BWRT Does Best
How Hypnoanalysis Can Treat Anxiety
As I mentioned, I use is Hypnoanalysis.
This works by placing you in hypnosis and regressing you back to the point where you scared for the first time. You then relive that moment and you see it from an Adults point of view and this then re-frames it.
The New you
Take a moment now to just close your eyes – what would your life be if you didn’t have anxiety. Think about all the things you could do and not have to avoid. Imagine the possibilities within you, imagine the real you, the you stuck behind the anxiety. Imagine that person living their life – how great would it be to be that person? Let me help you discover that person – contact me here
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Free Floating Anxiety (FFA)?
You may well know why you are feeling anxious or you may on the other hand have no idea.
If you know why you feel anxious and can spot the triggers you may well have what is known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder. But if you can’t put your finger on what it is that triggers you then you more than likely have Free Floating Anxiety or FFA,
FFA is where you are not consciously aware of the trigger. This means is can be hard to avoid a situation so you may walk into a situation and trigger it without realising – but be none the wiser as to why it happened! This can lead people to feeling anxious about everything. As they simply do not know what will make them next feel anxious!
One of the common aspects of anxiety is being anxious about being anxious.
The reason we feel anxious is because our subconscious believes that we are in some way in danger or there is a threat to our integrity. But, more often that not neither of those exists. What has happened is that we believe that we are under threat in some way but this erroneous. Our subconscious has simply got a rule in place that is incorrect. Fundamentally this is what anxiety is. We believe we are in danger when we are not. The bodily sensations are produced so that you are aware of the danger but as stated we are not in danger. Now these bodily sensations can be extremely upsetting and unpleasant to feel. They can include any or more of the below.
- Rapid Heart Beat
- Shortness of Breath
- Blurred Vision
- Inability to stop thinking
- Butterflies in your stomach
When we feel any those sensations we tend to feel more anxious.
This is classed as secondary fear. The original fear was the mistaken danger and the second fear is the fear of the produced symptoms! A lot of anxiety suffers actually suffer more from the symptoms than they do from the originating fear. This is why i see a lot people who are anxious about being anxious!
This tends to be magnified for those that have never had a Panic Attack. The fear of having another Panic Attack can be extremely high – this can in itself cause a Panic Attack. A viscous cycle!
Managing Anxiety Attacks.
Many people want to manage their anxiety and their panic attacks. But for me its about overcoming and getting rid. This for me is the goal. I tend to avoid interventions that help cope using ones that are proven time and time again to remove the issue from the root. I have written a blog post that explains in detail my processes and thinking behind managing anxiety attacks.
Mental Breakdown and The Nervous System
I hear all to often people believe that they are having a mental breakdown.
If anything the opposite is true. Our mental capabilities are in no way dwindling but in fact becoming increasing sensitised.
When we feel we cant cope any more this is because we don’t understand what is happening. We then try to our best but often we do the opposite of what we should do and then make it a whole lot worse.
You could think of our brain like car alarm. We want it and need it to help keep our car safe. But, what we don’t want is for the alarm to go off when the wind picks up or a bird lands on it. The alarm would then be seen as too sensitive and this is the same with our brains. We can often get to sensitive and so we feel this alarm going of more frequently than it should. I have written a detail post on the nervous system – this describes what is happening under the bonnet and why its nothing to be afraid off.