ANXIETY

 Are you alone suffering from Anxiety?

The answer is a very definite no.  If you are suffering with anxiety, you are not alone over 2.5 million Australians report suffering from anxiety every year.  So what is it that causes us who are living in a first world country, with good weather, high levels of employment and access to healthy food and water to worry excessively enough to impact the quality of our life on a daily basis.  The reality is that when you are running an anxious program in your head, you are rarely focusing on how things really are but instead you are thinking about how you don't want situations and scenarios to work out, in essence you are thinking about what you don't want to create.  You may have been doing this only for a short period of time or maybe you have developed this habit almost since childhood.  Either ways its time to stop and do something different.  We all know the craziest thing to do on the planet is to keep repeating the same actions with the expectation that the result will change.

 The impacts of Anxiety

Living with a constant sense of worrying that something will go wrong can take away the enjoyment out of your life.  It can become emotionally draining, debilitating and research now suggests that prolonged untreated anxiety can lead to depression.  It can also lead to a range of health issues such as digestive issues, skin conditions, disturbed sleep and even more serious issues that can be life-threatening such as cancers and tumours.  It can negatively impact close relationships and also lead to behavioural issues such as smoking, excessive drinking, social isolation and binge eating.

 What is Anxiety?

There are advantage of foresight such as the times when you know that car wasn't going to stop so you just decided to move out of the way or that night when you decided to call a cab because your instinct was telling you that the situation was unsafe.  These type of scenarios are a perfect example of where that inner feeling is appropriate and is useful.  It would be awesome if we could only use this innate ability in appropriate times. However, if you are running an anxiety program in your head, you will be foreseeing danger or assuming the worst scenario is going to play out without having any significant proof of such. When our imagination is being over-active and creating illusions of danger that don't really exist, then you are beginning to live your life with limited options.  Anxiety is a program in your head that needs re-adjustment.

 How is Anxiety treated?

From the prospective of Strategic Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy, there are only a certain number of ways that you can be “DOING ANXIETY”. There are particular patterns that anxiety sufferers run, even although there will be differences in your circumstances to others, the pattern will be the same.  Before meeting you we know that in the problem space you have a tendency to over analyse things while at the same time ‘catastrophising’ the future. You are typically not comfortable with uncertainties in life and run a program of negative expectancy around anything you are uncertain about.  You have a tendency to spend a lot of time in you head and you use your feelings a lot to determine if something is true or possible.  Sometimes you think something is true just because that is how you think it is.  It is likely that you lean towards being avoidant and sometimes this is how you deal with uncomfortable situations or confrontations.  You more than likely having problems parking thoughts and you will typically either lean towards trying to control the uncontrollable in your life or you may have ventured to the other end of the spectrum and feel like you are not in control of aspects that you can at the very least influence. If you lean towards being perfectionistic, take responsibility for others or have a fairly strong self-critical internal dialogue, then you will be more prone to anxiety.

 Why is important to treat it NOW?

Research has begun to demonstrate that untreated anxiety over a prolonged period can lead to depression.  If you have been struggling with anxiety for in excess of five years, then you are at a greater risk of developing depression.  It is really important that you tackle this problem head on. Depression is more debilitating and can significantly longer to recover from.