Anxiety Treatment in West Lothian, Scotland
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is characterised by nervousness, apprehension, and self-doubt that may, or may not, be associated with real-life stressors. Everyone experiences some level of anxiety periodically, but when feelings of dread and worry are unfocused, overwhelming, recurring, and not directly linked to stressful events, it can leave a person severely impaired.
What Are the Symptoms, Signs, and Related Conditions?
Common symptoms often include obtrusive, obsessive, worried thoughts, confusion and difficulty concentrating. Anxious people exhibit restlessness, irritability, frustration, and despair. Sufferers also may feel tense, with uncomfortable physical sensations such as trembling, sweating, a racing heartbeat, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Anxiety can also lead to headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, and lightheadedness.
It is at the root of many mental health conditions, including panic attacks and phobias. It is also often directly correlated with other conditions, such as obsessions and compulsions, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) lists the following mental health issues as anxiety disorders:
● separation anxiety
● selective mutism
● specific phobias
● social anxiety
● medication/substance-induced anxiety
● generalized anxiety
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How Does Anxiety Develop?
Anxiety, like the fight, flight, or freeze response, is a survival mechanism that allows people to protect themselves in order to avoid suffering. Yet, sometimes, a person repeatedly and unnecessarily experiences extreme levels of the fear and worry associated with anxiety and feels helpless to alleviate the symptoms.
A person’s predisposition toward anxiety is rooted in both – biology and environment. In other words, anxious behaviours may be inherited, learned, or both. For example, research demonstrates that anxious children are likely to be born to anxious parents. Parents may model anxious tendencies, which children learn to mimic.
Anxiety can also develop as a result of unresolved trauma that leaves a person in a heightened physiological state of arousal. When this is the case, certain experiences may reactivate the old trauma, as is common in people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Therapy for Anxiety
Because anxiety can interfere with relationships, sleeping patterns, eating habits, work, school, and routine activities, it is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy.
Effective therapy can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with the condition in a relatively short time and allow a person to resume regular activities and regain a sense of control.
The type of therapy that is most often recommended is psychotherapy. In particular effective is considered the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling. Rather than treating symptoms alone, as medications do, psychotherapy aims to identify and address the source of the anxiety. The self-reflective process of therapy helps people to understand, unravel, and transform anxiety and learn self-soothing techniques.
Among successful complementary therapies also offered in my practice are Mindfulness techniques, Guided Meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Matrix Reimprinting, Vibrational Medicine, Breathing Exercises, Emotional Aromatherapy.
Together we will collaborate on a treatment plan, which may include other therapy treatments and lifestyle adjustments to help relieve anxiety such as meditation, group therapy, stress-management and relaxation techniques, self-care, exercise, family therapy, and eliminating or reducing intake of stimulative substances like caffeine.