Overcoming anxiety in a world of stress

We live in an era where stress and anxiety have reached epidemic levels. These feelings seem to permeate every aspect of our lives, significantly contributing to absenteeism in the workplace and costing businesses millions in lost productivity.

Anxiety can severely disrupt your peace of mind, make you fearful of leaving your home, and even jeopardize your employment. Unfortunately, many people misunderstand anxiety, often thinking it is merely a part of their personality or believing they are simply “highly strung,” rather than recognizing it as a treatable mental condition.

Research indicates that approximately 2.4 million Americans aged 18 to 54 experience some form of panic disorder each year. Similarly, a survey has revealed that up to 40% of Australians will face a panic attack at some point in their lives.

Understanding Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a very real and frightening experience. Many people who have their first panic attack find themselves in the hospital emergency room, convinced they are having a heart attack. Often, when they are told there is no life-threatening issue, but rather an anxiety or panic episode, they leave more confused than relieved.

If you’ve experienced this—ending up in the hospital with a racing heart and shortness of breath—then you have had a panic attack. The most alarming symptom is often the heaviness in the chest and a racing heart, which can mimic a heart attack. Other common symptoms include:

– Sudden dizziness and light-headedness

– Difficulty breathing

– Unexplained hot flashes or chills

– Trembling and twitching muscles

– A fear of having a stroke

– An irrational fear of dying

These feelings are indeed terrifying, and the greatest fear is often that they will happen again, especially if they occur unexpectedly. The good news is that a panic attack will not kill you, but it can leave you traumatized and feeling out of control.

Causes of Panic Attacks

There are five major anxiety disorders that can lead to panic attacks: general panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). At the root of all panic attacks is fear—fear that you create in your imagination. This fear can stem from past trauma or any anxiety disorder that triggers a panic attack.

Unreasonable fears can hinder your progress in life, prevent you from getting a better job, harm your relationships, and even stop you from seeking necessary medical care. However, research has shown that panic and anxiety are not mental illnesses but disorders. With appropriate action, you can overcome them.

Treatments for Panic and Anxiety

The common treatment for anxiety prescribed by doctors is typically anti-anxiety or antidepressant medication. While effective in the short and long term, these medications do not address the root cause of anxiety and can lead to a long-term dependency.

A relatively new treatment, known as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), has shown significant success in treating anxiety disorders. Enhanced CBT, which incorporates techniques from the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (ICHP), offers even greater success by making profound changes at an unconscious level.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps you manage problems by changing the way you think, behave, and respond to stressors that can lead to panic and anxiety attacks. Enhanced CBT builds upon the traditional CBT model, working directly with the unconscious mind to facilitate fast and effective transformations, enabling individuals to live free of old symptoms.

By helping you change your mindset and identify the root causes of your anxiety, Advanced CBT and Hypno-Psychotherapy can guide you away from fearful fixations and recurrent panic attacks, leading to a more peaceful and controlled life.

Reach out now if you are ready to make a change. Call 0411 456 510, email me at [email protected] or book a call