Reasonable anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and tension in our lives.
It varies with felt insecurity in a situation and the imagined consequences e.g. lost door-keys or passport cause more acute anxiety than a skylight left open.
Responses vary with personality and upbringing. Sensitive persons are more prone to stress and tension - especially where young anxiety was handled with over-indulgence, indifference or lack of understanding.
Anxious states can generate needless worry about imagined scenarios. Persistent anxiety attacks indicate anxiety disorder - where anxiety is generalised, intense, almost always present or over easily provoked.
Worries like poor health, financial or family difficulties or job insecurity, raise tension and sap physical and mental energy. Sufficiently acute or persistent stress can trigger anxiety attacks or panic even for those with healthy upbringing. These are easily amplified by irregular living or where intimate relationships are unsupportive, unstable or threatening.
Given sufficient tension and stress all of us will experience at least some stress-anxiety symptoms. These include problems breathing, dizziness, palpitations or rapid heart beat. There may be irrational fears - like agoraphobia or fear of flying - or intense social phobias - symptoms may emerge in organised groups in the form of full-blown panic attacks.
( Some symptoms present at Menopause or in Pre-Menstrual Tension / PMT ). ( See :- http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/ & http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Premenstrual-syndrome/ Pages/Symptoms.aspx )
Although primarily biological - related tensions and stress symptoms can be eased considerably through hypnotic treatment.
Sometimes symptoms like hyper-vigilance or hyper-awareness, traumatic nightmares and flashbacks of disturbing experience occur. These are characteristic of Post Traumatic Stress ( PTSD ). Extreme events may be screened from memory with blanks, fuzziness and disorientation around particular times or circumstances. Often areas of memory around the original trauma are completely blank - as occurs in Child Abuse - physical or mental.
Mental, physical or sexual abuse - leave a child feeling undervalued, demeaned, ignored or abandoned; in general stressed and fundamentally insecure. Untreated - the adult may become vulnerable to stress, tension and anxiety which may emerge in aggression, bullying or other chaotic behaviour.
It is wise to avoid premature diagnosis of child abuse or hint at such a possibility until there is credible evidence. There may be other unresolved primitive fears - produced by overwhelming situations or events of an entirely different kind.
Many processes need intensive work to uncover & release unconscious drivers. Sensorimotor analysis & structured exercises modify presenting patterns - with hypnosis to stabilise changes & re-establish the client’s sense of control.
Complex issues may require Ericksonian work with deeper states - combined with EMDR. This scientifically proven process uses directed eye movement with suggestion to re-regulate and re-programme runaway trauma processes. These procedures require advanced skills and lengthy experience.
Contact Keith Bibby Copyright ©Keith Bibby - Clapham January 2011
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