Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorder

 The term Anxiety disorder is used to describe a broad range of extreme reactions to general feelings of anxiety or to anxiety provoking stimuli.  Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Each has its own particular symptoms and differs markedly from day to day. 


Symptoms and disabling effects may include:


• Tense muscles

• Panic, fear, apprehension

• Problems sleeping

• Cold or sweaty hands

• Palpitations

• Shortness of breath

• Inability to be still and calm

• A dry mouth

• Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

• Upset stomach

Often there appears to be no particular reason why symptoms occur since the feelings of panic are dissociated from events, which are happening, or about to occur.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common health conditions in the UK.

What causes anxiety disorders?

There are several possible reasons for anxiety disorders, including biological and environmental factors such as genetics, biochemical changes in the brain and traumatic life events. 

Treatment

Treatment can include:

• Behaviour therapy/cognitive behaviour therapy;

• counselling to find out the cause of the anxiety;

• Relaxation techniques and

• Drugs which control the symptoms i.e.

• Diazepam

• Lorazepam

• Chlordiazepoxide

However by far the best treatment for somebody who has issues with this is-- Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy covers the first three of the above list and depending on the therapy used can completely alleviate all the symptoms without the aid of any long term drug use.       (Remember drug companies need to make a profit.)