Stop Worry & Anxiety

You are not alone

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans every year. Many suffer sleeplessness, constant nagging worries and obsessive thoughts, or feelings of panic. Some people worry about everything that could go wrong, imagine the worst possible outcome for every situation or compulsively check locks and doors. Anxiety is useful in moderate amounts. If we didn’t feel any anxiety about driving in rush hour traffic, we would be inattentive drivers; and if we had no anxiety about a test, we would not prepare adequately. Anxiety only becomes problematic when it is incapacitating. People develop incapacitating anxiety by inadvertently teaching themselves to be afraid of something that isn’t truly dangerous.

Anxiety is very successfully treatable

Many people who experience anxiety do so after a triggering event. You may have always been a bit of a worrier, but then suddenly you are having more intense symptoms. Triggering events can include the death or illness of someone close, a significant change in health or living situation, a national event, such as the terrorist attack, or even an increase in daily stress. The sooner you seek treatment, the less likely these symptoms will become entrenched and the more quickly you can regroup or nip the problem in the bud.

Therapy is very effective for anxiety

Hypnotherapy is a very effective tool for anxiety. Combining mindfulness, self-hypnosis and cognitive therapy eliminates most people’s severe anxiety quickly. Many people will continue to make progress effectively and come to eliminate 90% of their anxious feelings in as short as a few weeks. Medication can be an effective tool while learning the techniques to reduce the anxiety. The hardest part is reaching out for help. If you can do that, the rest is relatively easy.

Hypnotherapy is a great way to overcome anxiety and fear by re-training your subconscious mind. There is nothing really magical about learning how to have better communication between your conscious and subconscious mind, but the results can feel that way.

Since you can teach yourself to feel anxious about any situation by avoiding it, you can teach yourself to feel safe in any situation simply by seeking opportunities to be in that situation. If you experience panic attacks you have inadvertently taught yourself to be afraid of the feeling of anxiety. The anxiety itself is not dangerous, but merely a misguided friend (your subconscious) trying to be helpful. You can teach yourself not to panic.

When you avoid any situation, object or activity your subconscious mind leaps to the conclusion that “it must be dangerous, otherwise you wouldn’t avoid it”. So, when you encounter a previously avoided situation your subconscious mind sends you a warninsolitary treeg signal in the form of anxiety. Since your subconscious doesn’t have the ability to distinguish between dangerous and safe, except by watching what you avoid and what you seek, anything you avoid will eventually produce feelings of anxiety.

Try an experiment right now. Think of something you feel mild anxiety about. Now write down one small action you could take that would help relieve your anxiety. Notice that just by writing down the action you have already relieved your anxiety a little. Now write down my phone number or email me before you become overwhelmed and navigate away from this page.

 

Jeanne M. Strauss, LCSW, NBCCH • 210-787-6384 • Email

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