Anxiety and Panic Attacks in North Belfast
I’ve helped many hundreds of people over the years with interviews, presenting at work and driving tests all the way through to panic attacks and everything in between. I suffered too, so I get it.
Are you avoiding situations or escaping from them when you feel you can’t cope?
Have you lost confidence?
Are you having panic attacks?
Are you having problems sleeping?
Do you feel anxiety is ruling your life?
As well as affecting how you feel and behave anxiety has real physical symptoms like:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased muscle tension
- “Jelly legs”
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Hyperventilation (over breathing)
- Difficulty in breathing
- Wanting to use the toilet more often
- Feeling sick
- Tight band across the chest
- Tension headaches
- Hot flushes
- Increased perspiration
- Dry mouth
- Choking sensations
What causes anxiety?
If you asked a room full of people what might cause anxiety and depression they’d probably say messy life events such as redundancy, divorce, bereavement etc. However, some people go through these events and while it certainly isn’t pleasant they don’t suffer from anxiety and/or depression. So it can’t be as simple as divorce equals anxiety.
The science bit
In 2013 the results of a huge, ground-breaking online study were published. Over 32,000 people from 172 countries took part.
This study suggested that the biggest predictor of anxiety and depression was rumination – the big washing machine of thoughts going round in your head – followed by blaming yourself for the problem. Is this familiar to you?
While health professionals have long accepted this is part of the problem, this research demonstrated just how significant and serious the impact on mental health can be.
Peter Kinderman who led the study said “people who didn’t ruminate or blame themselves for their difficulties had much lower levels of depression and anxiety, even if they’d experienced many negative events in their life”.
So it wasn’t just a case of these people leading a charmed life. They were thinking differently therefore they felt differently.
So you have learned to think this way and those overwhelming feelings, that create real physical symptoms, may cause you to escape or avoid situations you find difficult.
The good news
The great news is you can learn a new way of thinking and therefore a new way of feeling and behaving. I used to believe being a worrier was in my DNA. That it was like brown hair and green eyes and couldn’t be altered. It’s not in your DNA and it doesn’t have to be like this.
What can be learned can be unlearned and surprisingly quickly too.
Evidence based hypnotherapy – Tailored treatment for you to succeed
You’ll learn tools and techniques that put you firmly in control. You’ll feel more relaxed, calm and confident.
– practical, simple techniques to dispute and stop that big washing machine of thoughts whirling around in your head.
– the skill of self-hypnosis and develop belief in your ability to control your behaviour.
– to gradually cope better and better in those situations you previously found so difficult.
In just a few weeks I’d expect you to be more calm, confident and in control, more optimistic, sleep better, be mentally quieter and starting to do those things that previously defeated you.
You may even be able to reduce or stop medications entirely, always under your GP’s supervision.
How many sessions?
How long it takes will depend on your needs and situation. If you also suffer from depression symptoms take longer to resolve.
I offer a free initial consultation during which we discuss a personalised treatment plan and the number of sessions required.