Generalised anxiety disorder

Hypnotherapy for anxiety in Warrington, Cheshire

Anxiety disorder


Before I begin on the subject of GAD, I would like to put your mind at rest. This is a condition that responds extremely well to hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Especially when combined together, so even though you may feel like you are set this way, through experience in dealing with this problem, I know that if you wish to change then we can work together to change the way you think and feel.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or GAD as it is commonly referred to, is a comparatively recent diagnosed condition and can be a serious affliction. It is widespread and at its worst can be chronic and debilitating for the sufferer, which can lead to equally as much impairment as major depressive disorders. GAD is one of the most severe anxiety linked illnesses and it’s not necessarily brought on by events or, situations including threat or conflict. Rather, patients are under continuous dread and experience worries throughout the day, which, needless to say, is incredibly detrimental in their private and professional lives.

It is common for most people to have a little anxiety in their lives and this isn’t perceived as a negative condition as it prepares an individual for events where their best performance is required or readies them for something that requires caution. However, when the worry becomes persistent it can begin to affect the mental state of the individual. In most cases this over catastrophisation is often focused on such matters as family, money, health issues and problems in the workplace, and there is often a consistent sense of an imminent fear that “something terrible” will occur. This said, in many cases the individual may not fully understand or be able to isolate the cause of the anxiety and the gravity of the symptoms may well rely significantly on the level of worry the individual is under at any one time.

In accordance with DSM-IV, the signs and symptoms of GAD involve substantial anxiousness and worry over long periods of time, hyper arousal, elevated physical tension, problems focusing, becoming easily irritated, trembling and sleeping disruptions. Further GAD indicators consist of, racing thought processes, chronic unreasonable worries, a feeling of sickness, prolonged deficit of energy and fatigue, depression symptoms, manic like swift changes in moods and inability to use self control around other people particularly in a public situations. All of these symptoms serve to make the existence of a GAD sufferer unquestionably unpleasant.

generalised anxiety disorder

Whilst autonomic indicators are not usually necessary for the identification of GAD, subgroups of affected individuals do reveal a substantial level of heart or gastrointestinal problems. So long-term treatment method must be forecast and structured appropriately.

Generalised anxiety disorder leads to the type of dread that can prevent affected individuals from undertaking anything beneficial to themselves or others, for example, working or meeting new people. However, in a majority of cases the levels of the generalised anxiety are manageable, and the individual is able to carry out their day-to-day duties. This condition doesn’t symptomatically involve avoidance patterns by the subject as other anxiety disorders may indicate, but in severe cases the degree of worry is such that it severely effects psychological functions, alertness, and receptiveness for the sufferer, and this can lead the chronic subject attempting to do everything they can in order to avoid certain scenarios that they perceive to induce this elevated stress and anxiety, and results in avoidant behaviour in reactions to common-life situations, at times virtually transforming the individual into a recluse.

Long term states of GAD may change thinking processes negatively enough that affected individuals begin to feel as if they are living in some form of emotional detachment, which they understand being atypical and a long way from the state they perceive as normal. Often the individual’s fearfulness is unjustified (not attributable to external factors), irrational and significant, and in most cases the individual understands that they are acting inappropriately, but still find it not possible to manage this fear.


There is more information at my website dedicated to Anxiety:

Treatment for anxiety in Warrington

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Evolution Hypnotherapy, 64 Shackleton Close, Old Hall, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 9QE –  0800 849 9494 – 01925 354 820