Help & Treatment with Anxiety Disorders in London & Dorset

Do you worry constantly or think too much?

Is anxiety spoiling your life?

Do you want it all to STOP?

Anxiety is when you feel abnormally tense, worried and apprehensive about lots of different things, even when there is no need to be.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Agoraphobia, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are all categories of anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of Anxiety

  • feeling on edge and tense
  • very fast or very slow heart beat
  • blocked throat
  • feeling sick,
  • feeling as if you could faint,
  • stomach churning,
  • pins and needles,
  • fast breathing
  • feeling that you can’t breathe
  • feeling as if you are detached and separate from everyone and everything
  • rashes and spots
  • churning things over and over in your mind
  • constantly worrying about what might or might not happen, and how you could be affected in a negative way.

These are some of the most common symptoms that you might experience if your levels of stress and anxiety are at an unusually high level, or if you have an anxiety disorder, that is, when the symptoms you experience start to affect your day to day life. You may experience symptoms of depression too, as anxiety and depression often occur together.

The symptoms of anxiety can be very, very frightening. I experienced an anxiety disorder myself many years ago, so knows how scary it can be.

Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety is fine in small doses. In fact, we all need to be anxious and worried sometimes, because it helps us to really focus and do our best. For example, imagine you have an emergency to deal with. It need not be something really traumatic – maybe you're about to sit an exam, go to a job interview or make a presentation. This is because instantly, specific chemicals are released into your bloodstream. These cause the symptoms that you feel, and you have a surge of energy that gets you through. You need that faster heartbeat and tenseness so that you are primed for action, and the sweating will stop you overheating. One name for this is the ‘fight or flight mechanism’ – a fantastic strategy that human beings have always had to enable them to survive. It kicks in as soon as you perceive a danger or a threat. Then when the event is over, everything subsides and your body returns to normal.

The trouble starts when you don’t really have a real threat to deal with, but your body thinks that you have. You might be really anxious and worried about something, for example, at work. You might feel threatened and vulnerable, but be powerless to do anything about it, as it’s out of your control. As you keep returning to familiar worried and anxious thoughts about the situation, the stress builds and your body gets the message that you are threatened in some way, so it prepares you to deal with it. Your body is ready for action, but it simply doesn’t act, so there is no release. But those chemicals are still floating around, and everything piles up so that you are in an ongoing state of tension.

General anxiety is when you feel abnormally tense, worried and apprehensive about lots of different things, even when there is no need to be. You may be diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder when the symptoms you experience start to affect your day to day life.

My book: HOW NOT TO WORRY – How to Stop Anxiety Spoiling Your Life gives lots of information on anxiety and practical tips and strategies that you can use to help yourself to feel better. Many people have shared their own experiences of anxiety to help you too.

Treatment / Help for Anxiety in London or Dorset

You may be convinced that there is something medically wrong, or that you are mentally ill. But the way that you feel is much more likely to be the result of an overworked nervous system. However, your doctor will be able to check that there is no other reason for your symptoms.

If you recognise any of the above symptoms in yourself, then hypnotherapy can help you. Hypnotherapy is a particulary safe and gentle option which can be very effective in dealing with anxiety-related issues.

Call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain the process in more detail and answer your questions.