Anxiety or Stress?
Life in Phoenix Arizona can
be stressful. The economy, work, family, world affairs and relationships can all create stress. And, while many people do
not differentiate stress from anxiety, the distinction is important because the solutions are different.
According to the National Institutes of Health: "Stress can come
from any situation or thought that makes you frustrated, angry, nervous or worried." If your employer has announced
there will be layoffs, you will probably experience stress, and that is all normal and natural. Too much stress can be unhealthy,
but in most cases you know what you are worried about, and when the situation becomes more positive you no longer feel stressed.
In contrast, according
to the NIH, "Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear. You may not know the source of this uneasiness, which
can add to the distress you feel." In addition, "People with anxiety disorders have symptoms that
cause them to have difficulties with daily activities and relationships." This is often referred to as
Generalized Anxiety Disorder because you feel anxious in general, even when there is nothing specific happening that would
be disturbing or scary to the average person. People with anxiety tend to feel somewhat to very anxious every day! And, unlike
stress reactions, an anxiety disorder will most likely continue unless treated--often it gets worse over time, rather than
It is also important to know that chronic anxiety weakens
the body, increases fatigue and actually can KILL you! A 2008 study published by the American Academy of Neurology that tracked over 20,000 adults in the United Kingdom over 8.5 years found that psychological distress will greatly increase
your risk of suffering from a stroke. And, the more stress/anxiety you experience, the greater the risk. The researchers found
that every notch lower a person scored on the well-being scale, their risk of stroke (fatal and non-fatal) increased by 11
Anxiety Symptoms Successfully Treated
- Stomach pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Racing heart
- Fear of social situations
- Fear of leaving the
- Excessive sweating
- Nail biting or picking
- Emotional or physical numbness
- Performance problems (sports, school, etc.)
- Low self-esteem
How Hypnosis Helps
As you probably have
discovered, you are not able to "figure out" the cause of your anxiety, and even if you did, that
would not cure you. The reason is the problem lies in your subconscious, and once we are adults, we have no access to
the subconscious in our day-to-day lives.
nothing your conscious mind can do to cure your anxiety symptoms. You already know there is no rational reason
to feel as you do, yet that doesn't help. Some people try to medicate the problem away, with drugs (legal or illegal)
or alcohol. These tend to deaden all the senses, often have unhealthy side effects, and do nothing to resolve the source of
Because hypnotherapy does treat
the subconscious, I am able to heal the source of the anxiety directly. Even most types of psychotherapy are not able to be
as effective because they are primarily dealing with your conscious mind. Your problem does not live in your conscious
mind! So how can explorations in your conscious mind help?
What you need is reprogramming of your subconscious mind. And, in working with a top clinical hypnotherapist
in the Phoenix Valley, who also understands the psychology of deep feelings and fears, this can be accomplished relatively
quickly. So, are you ready to get on with your life with a calm feeling of security and confidence?