Generalised Anxiety Disorder
At some point in our lives we’ll all experience Anxiety to some degree. People with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) however experience it daily. GAD becomes chronic and fills their lives with worry and tension even though to another person it doesn’t seem at all proportionate to the relevant circumstance.
GAD causes the sufferer to live with a sense of impending doom, they constantly feel as though something awful is about to happen, their minds tend to anticipate and ruminate upon the worst case scenario of every situation. They worry about their health, conscious of any anomaly and hyper-vigilant for any sign of illness. They worry about their family, their income, their jobs and the world in general, they even worry about the extent of their worry and can worry that if they overcome the worry that they won’t be aware of danger when they need to be.
To the person with GAD it feels as though they can’t stop worrying, no matter how safe and secure they are in the moment they can’t stop even when they know at some level that what they’re worrying about isn’t really that serious.
Worrying is physically and emotionally exhausting and can lead to symptoms such as the following:
People with GAD can become quite expert at covering it up, seeming outwardly calm and relaxed or perceived as easy going and laid back. However internally there is draining turmoil.
Approximately 6% of people are affected by GAD, twice as many women as men. It usually begins gradually and can start at any age although it does usually start between childhood and middle age. 6 months of consistent symptoms will usually result in a diagnosis of GAD.
GAD is often associated with depression and or substance abuse.
GAD is often treated with medications which can help in the short term. They don’t however address the mindset which leads to the apprehension and worry.
Someone with GAD can change their thinking habits with consistent effort. Mindfulness will help regulate emotional responses. Examining the facts rather than responding to the emotions is another effective method if used consistently. Thinking about what they’re thinking and if the thought is helpful. Self-help books will provide some help too.
Therapy can really fast-track this process, just as having a personal trainer or coach will fast-track your fitness efforts and teach you how to care for your muscles, a therapist can provide the feedback required to help an anxious person perceive things differently. Hypnotherapy is a particularly fast therapy at resolving these issues because it enables the consciousness to absorb information at multiple levels. Hypnotherapy provides a safe environment both external and internal in which the client can safely reevaluate their internal risk assessment process and make any necessary changes.
When I work with clients I guide them through this process and teach techniques and skills designed to interrupt the brain in its pattern of anxiety and create a new more constructive and appropriate pattern. Building confidence and life skills is an essential part of a program that’s successful for the long term.
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Georgina Mitchell is the Therapist at Hypfocus Therapies located in Mentone, South East Melbourne.
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Clinical Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and NLP Practitioner.
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Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina spent many years working in senior management in the Corporate world, before leaving to pursue her passion to become a Therapist.
Please note as with all therapies, Results for Therapies delivered by Hypfocus may vary from person to person