Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Dundee
Anxiety can be experienced at different levels. It can be brought on by a fear of something that happened, or what we think happened and dread happening again. While most people will experience a relatively mild form of anxiety when facing a particularly stressful situation (such as an exam or presentation), anxiety disorders are very different. An anxiety disorder can disrupt the day-to-day life of an individual.
When a person suffers from an anxiety disorder, it can sometimes lead to them avoiding certain situations because they fear it may be a trigger. This can make regular life difficult, causing the individual to miss out on many opportunities. This constant fear can begin to affect their life, preventing them from achieving potential job promotions and developing personal relationships.
Types of anxiety
Because anxiety is a normal part of life, it can be difficult to recognise when it is becoming a problem. However, if you are experiencing strong feelings of anxiety, or they are lasting for a long time, it can become exhausting and overwhelming. The symptoms and problems associated with anxiety will differ between each individual, but depending on the kind of problems you experience, you may be diagnosed with a more specific anxiety disorder.
Generalised anxiety disorder
Individuals suffering from generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) often anticipate tragedy. GAD can interfere with daily life as sufferers may seriously worry about family, money and health. Generalised anxiety disorder is often diagnosed when an individual spends at least six months worrying excessively about normal, everyday problems. It can be a difficult disorder to live with; the sufferer will feel as though there is no respite from the anxiety.
Panic disorder is characterised by feelings of terror, which can strike suddenly and without warning. A common symptom is panic attacks, though not everyone who experiences a panic attack will have panic disorder. Those who are diagnosed with panic disorder can often feel constantly afraid. It is this fear that can often lead to panic attacks, where it becomes a vicious cycle. Panic disorder is more common than generally recognised and affects a large proportion of the population.
Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia) is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. Some of the common signs of social anxiety include fear of being around and interacting with people and being judged negatively by others.