The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy defines 6 of the 11 types of anxiety as follows:
• Social phobia – excessive concern about evaluation by others. Examples-anxious about using public bathrooms, apprehensive that others are evaluating or looking at you.
• Simple phobia – fears of specific places or objects, such as fears of animals, heights, elevators, flying, snakes, and spiders.
• Generalized anxiety – worries, sweating, apprehension, restlessness, shortness of breath, irritability, palpitations.
• Panic – experiences of intense anxiety, trembling, feeling like you are going insane, dying or losing control, feelings of irritability. Often, you avoid situations because of your fear that you will have a panic attack.
• Agoraphobia without panic – avoidance or anxiety in open spaces, public places, or when looking at certain stimuli (such as horizons).
• Obsessive-compulsive (OCD) – Recurring disturbing thoughts that you can’t seem to get out of your mind, which seem irrational to you, often followed by attempts to “neutralize” the thought by repeating actions (e.g., touching, counting, washing) or by hoarding. Many OCD people have thoughts that appear to them to be bizarre or dangerous-for example, obsessions about aggression, contamination, symmetry, disease, or sexual thoughts.” (The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy).
People who suffer from one of these disorders may also suffer from another, as one is often linked with another, and with depression or substance abuse.
What Are Some Typical Thoughts Associated With Anxiety?
An anxious person is extremely introspective and critical of his/her traits. He/she is continuously bombarded with irrational fears, which often appear in the form of “what if…” statements or “I should have done…”Other examples of common fears are fears of failure, fears of other’s opinions, and fear that the state of anxiety is permanent. Those who suffer from anxiety often foresee the worst possible outcomes and expect that the stress will be too overwhelming, resulting in failure. How Does Personality Affect Anxiety? As each individual is different and has a different set of personal goals and fears, the thoughts that trigger anxiety differ from person to person.
Luckily, the often overwhelming negative side effects of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be effectively treated. Here are some questions that can help you determine whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of GAD:
Anxiety Assessment Test
• Does your anxiety stop you from doing all the things you really want to do.
• Do you find that rather than addressing a problem directly, you spend more time worrying about potential outcomes?
• Have you been replaying a recent situation with someone in your mind, fixated on the interaction and how to handle the situation next time?
• Are you often distracted by worries that prevent your enjoyment of what would otherwise be good times with people you enjoy being around?
• Have you ever been in a situation where your overwhelming worries triggered an out lash that frustration or anger?
• Has anyone ever noticed that you aren’t present? That you are consumed with thoughts rather than participating in the moment?
• Do you constantly feel exhausted or overwhelmed?
• Does your anxiety affect your behavior around people you enjoy spending time with?
• Do your worries of failing or coming up short fuel your procrastination?
• Ado you find yourself constantly asking “What if……?”
• Does Insomnia keep you from sleeping at night?
• Do you rely on other people to make decisions for you? Do you hope that others will come to an agreement so you don’t have to make a decision?
• Do you have many unfinished projects that you haven’t completed due to obsessive thoughts about doing something the right way.
• Do you find that you can’t calm yourself down?
• Do you believe that the horrible things that you worry about will actually come true?
• Do your worries get so bad sometimes, that your whole body is overcome with stress and panic?
• Do you run every scenario in your head to try to figure out the best choice?
• Do you find yourself making an excessive amount of lists?
• Do you find that you bombard doctors and waiters and others in the service industry with a lot of questions?
• Do people know that you’ve already looked at all the reviews for the best restaurant, attorney, or dentist and come to you for recommendations or advice?
• Do your worries and anxious thoughts interfere with your sleep schedule?
• Do you find yourself double checking and triple checking everything?
• Do you consistently over pack or over prepare?
• Do you spend more time on the computer rather than with your family or friends?
• Are you afraid to let others do things because they won’t be careful enough? Do you prefer to handle everything yourself for fear that others will not be as diligent or careful?
Why You May Need Anxiety Treatment:
If you found yourself answering “yes” more frequently than “no”, you might be ready to get professional help.
The professional counselor, psychologist or hypnotherapist will be paying attention to your excessive anxiety and will observe if you worry more days than not for at least six months, and have difficulty controlling your worries. Some other signs your therapist will pay attention to include at least three of the following problems for adults, or only one for children: problems sleeping, problems with concentration, irritability, muscle tension/aches, restlessness, fatigue.
If along with those problems the therapist notices that you aren’t at a fully functional capacity at work, school, or at home, then he/she might diagnose you with GAD.
Consider this possibility:
You can heal your anxiety and live a truly calm life, free from worry. You will feel relieved and delighted, and with a rejuvenated mind, you will be able to do what your anxiety kept you from doing before.
As you work with a hypnotherapist, you will develop the ability to observe your anxious thoughts and feelings without judgment, anchoring yourself in a different perspective. You will identify the root causes of your anxiety and learn to deal with their influence. You will begin to connect with your deepest wisdom, compassion, and love for yourself and others. You will align with your authentic self, which is the source of your inspiration, passion, creativity, and natural gifts.
What are the Causes of Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety can be caused by many different traumas, and though “between 30% to 50% of the cause may be genetic,” anxiety is often caused by a combination of a few of the following: loss, recent stress, unrealistic expectations of yourself, alcohol, relationship conflicts, and double standards. (The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy).
How Can Clinical Hypnotherapy be Helpful?
Clinical Hypnotherapy is especially effective in treating anxiety, since hypnosis bypasses the analytical conscious mind and the limits of an individual’s beliefs and thoughts. In essence, your mind learns how to overcome the stimuli that cause fears. This, like any kind of learning, cannot be accomplished without homework. With a Clinical Hypnotherapist, your “self-help” homework will include a number of techniques practicing awareness to control and decrease anxiety in your everyday life.
• Controlling Arousal: Oftentimes stimulating factors, such as caffeine and alcohol, are likely to increase your anxiety. Moderation of these substances, as well as breathing and relaxation exercises, and regular exercise can help you control your arousal and anxiety.
• Identifying and Confronting Your Fears: Your therapist will make you more aware of the situations, sensations or thoughts that trigger your anxiety. Your therapist will gradually expose you to these thoughts and will guide you into a different, healthier reaction pattern.
• Being Aware of Your Thinking and Decreasing Stress: Your therapist will also help you examine your day-to-day behaviors, and will help you realize which are affecting your anxiety negatively. Your therapist, beyond identification, will also help you find ways to challenge and combat your underlying fears.
What We Expect From You as a Client
To effectively treat anxiety disorder, we require a willingness to actively participate in treatment. As a patient, you will need to attend regularly, and regular attendance, and carry out self-help homework assignments. All of these factors combined can be very effective in healing your anxiety.