Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision.
Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
Many people who see hypnotherapists do so because they find their anxiety is having a negative affect on how they live and also on people they are close to.
The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) says about one in seven people is suffering from stress or anxiety at any one time in the UK.
The council, which represents over 1800 therapists across the UK, says that while some people manage, more and more people are showing signs of over-anxiety, which leads to stress, which can make a significant impact on the quality of life and wellbeing.
According to Psychology Today, the exaggerated worries and expectations of negative outcomes in unknown situations that typify anxiety are often accompanied by physical symptoms. These include muscle tension, headaches, stomach cramps, and frequent urination.
The respected magazine adds that an all-consuming anxiety or disorder can be treated with a variety of therapies which are particularly effective with children. But NCH therapists have often found that clients who seek therapy for a variety of reasons are often suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives.
During sessions with the hypnotherapist he or she will help assess the anxiety of the client, identifying the root of stress or anxiety whether it is a situation, a physical issue, a past experience or a relationship.
People suffering from an anxiety disorder can find, after a few sessions with their hypnotherapist, they feel more confident and more relaxed in situations that have previously been challenging.
Many say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily The NCH adds that those who have experienced side effects of anxiety such as insomnia, find that they are sleeping much better and as a result are able to work more effectively.
Anxiety is difficult, not only for the person suffering it, but also for the people around them too. Partners and children can all feel the impact of a family member with anxiety. If you think your anxiety levels are interfering with your life, see an NCH hypnotherapist near you by using the NCH directory.