Understanding Anxiety: The Causes, Symptoms and What We Can Do About It
We’ve all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. But for at least 275 million people around the world, anxiety has become more than just a temporary feeling. In fact, it is the biggest mental health problem in the world, and most of us don’t know much about it or just ignore it altogether.
What is Anxiety?
In its essence, anxiety is that feeling of apprehension or fear about something that’s coming and it is our body’s natural way of responding to stress. If you felt nervous before going on stage for your piano recital, the night before your first day of school or a few hours before a job interview, those are all feelings of anxiety. But anxiety becomes alarming when you experience it for more than six months and it starts to interfere with your daily life. If you can’t sleep well, you always worry and worse, you start distancing yourself from others, then you might have anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is different for every individual, which is why there is still no exact cause for it. But most people who suffer from anxiety disorders have been through traumatic events while some have inherited it. The thing is, one situation could be extremely stressful for one person while it could be normal to the other.
Common Types and Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety is classified according to its signs and symptoms:
• Panic disorder – Recurring and unexpected panic attacks
• Social anxiety disorder – Fear of being judged by others
• Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Extreme anxiety after a traumatic event
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder – Irrational thoughts that lead to repeated behaviors
• Phobia – Extreme fear of an object, person, situation or activity
• Separation anxiety disorder – Fear of being away from home or loved ones
• Illness anxiety disorder – Extreme fear of being sick
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of anxiety include nervousness or restlessness, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), trembling, sweating, panic, weakness, difficulty sleeping and feeling the need to avoid things or people that trigger your anxiety.
How does Hypnosis Help with Anxiety?
Since anxiety is basically a mental battle, a lot of alternative treatments have been introduced to help individuals deal with anxiety naturally and without the help of medication. Hypnotherapy is a popular method of dealing with anxiety because it helps to relax and focus the mind while removing unwanted or unnecessary thoughts.
When you undergo hypnosis, your mind will be in a state similar to sleep, so you can revisit suppressed memories that could be causing your anxiety, give your mind a rest from all the chaos that’s going on inside and give you the chance to recharge your mind so it can focus on things that matter, not on things that are making you anxious.
A study conducted in 2016 revealed that individuals under hypnosis experienced brain changes that helped them become less self-conscious, more focused and gain better control of their feelings.