- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Phobia,
- Panic disorders,
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD)
The formation of anxiety is created in a part of the brain called the Amygdala which is in the right hemisphere of the brain. When this part of the brain is engaged (its primary job is to keep you safe) it can result in us experiencing any of the following “fight, flight or freeze” response. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an umbrella term used by the medical profession to describe a wide range of psychological , anxiety related symptoms.To simplify anxiety-it creates a sense of fear and apprehension that makes you feel as if you need to be constantly on red alert.
The physical symptoms you may experience when you feel anxious are dizziness, fatigue, an irregular heart rate, shaking or trembling, a dry mouth, sweating, stomach ache, feeling nauseous, sleep disturbance, restlessness, panic attacks, feelings of dread, feeling on edge, unable to concentrate, feeling annoyed or irritable.
Worry, anxiety and physical symptoms all lead to significant distress and can impair important areas of you being able to function.
How therapy helps
The good news is that anxiety can be reduced by exploring what is creating the problem and then using the left hemisphere of the brain( the part in charge of finding solutions) to construct new patterns of thinking. When both the left and right hemispheres of the brain are encouraged to converse in cross talk then we can reinstate the balance between the two hemispheres and this is how we begin to resolve issues.
By gaining an insight into what creates your anxiety, you can learn to control how you think about events so that you develop the ability to cope positively in situations which you currently find challenging, worrying, frightening or very stressful.
Feeling anxious is natural in certain high-stress situations, for example going somewhere for the first time or starting a new job, but if anxiety prevents you from going about your day-to-day life in a normal fashion, or if you find yourself avoiding situations or if it becomes a symptom of something more serious you need support. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or an Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder (OCD), when the brain gives the illusion of being in control by setting up repeated patterns of behaviour, is what you are experiencing then you need to get help.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches that are specifically designed to stimulate and create new formats to address negative thinking. For the brain to function successfully one of the chemicals we need to produce is Serotonin, this is released from neurotransmitters, and it is vital ingredient to good mental health.When we are feeling anxious we produce ADRENALINE and Cortisol.
Hypnotherapy is one medium of psychotherapy that successful works to change your thoughts and responses to stressful situations, by relaxing the fight, flight and freeze centre in your brain.