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Anxiety

At Live Life Happy Therapy, I offer a diverse range of therapeutic techniques to equip you with the knowledge and tools to tackle anxiety. These methods include counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, and Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy. My goal is to empower you to lead a fully fulfilling life.

Understanding Anxiety

At some point, everyone faces moments of anxiety. Common life events such as taking an exam, undergoing a medical procedure, or attending a job interview might make you feel nervous or worried. Such fleeting anxious feelings are a natural part of life.

Yet, for some, managing anxiety becomes a daily challenge. Their anxious emotions persist, casting a shadow over everyday activities.

Anxiety serves as a primary indicator for various conditions like panic disorders, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. It manifests when we are concerned, tense, or fearful, especially regarding upcoming events or potential future situations.

In essence, anxiety is our body's instinctual response to perceived threats. It's reflected in our thoughts, emotions, and physical feelings. Humans, like all creatures, have developed mechanisms to guard against potential dangers. When sensing a threat, our body releases hormones, notably adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones:

 

• Heighten our alertness, aiding quicker reactions

• Increase our heart rate, directing blood swiftly to essential areas

 

Once the perceived threat diminishes, our body releases different hormones to help muscles unwind, which might cause some of us to tremble. This reaction is often referred to as the 'fight, flight, or freeze' reflex—a spontaneous bodily function beyond our conscious control.

When anxiety obstructs your ability to enjoy life to its fullest, it could be indicative of a deeper issue. Consider seeking support if:

• Your anxiety feelings are intense or prolonged

• Your worries seem exaggerated compared to the situation

• You evade scenarios that might trigger anxiety

• Your concerns are distressing and challenging to manage

• You frequently confront symptoms of anxiety, including potential panic attacks

 

References

NHS Inform (2023) 'Anxiety', *NHS Inform*. Available at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/anxiety (Accessed: 8 October 2023).

Mind (2021) 'About Anxiety', *Mind*. Available at: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/anxiety-and-panic-attacks/about-anxiety/ (Accessed: 8 October 2023).

Smith, J. (2021) 'Anxiety Disorders', *Psych Central*. Reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, PsyD. Available at: https://psychcentral.com/anxiety/anxiety-disorders (Accessed: 8 October 2023).

When Does Anxiety Become a Concern?

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