Anxiety Symptoms : Everyday or Problematic
Updated: Jan 3
The difference between everyday and problematic anxiety explained, with symptoms and types of anxiety, and how you can find freedom to live your life again.
I am a specialist in treatment of anxiety and practice clinical hypnotherapy in Bolton. Anxiety is the single most common issue I treat within my private practice.
This is not that surprising when you consider that, according to the Mental Health Foundation, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK in 2013. That's over 10% of the population of the UK affected by anxiety at any one time.
Anxiety is a normal and everyday aspect of life. It is commonly experienced when we do something new or unfamiliar, go to new or unfamiliar places or in ‘heightened’ situations (e.g. a first date or first day at a new job, a job interview, ‘performing’ in front of others, exams, coping with difficult situations).
It is generally considered to be a response to a perceived threat or danger of something happening now, or in the future.
At low levels, anxiety is a mechanism to protect us from danger, ready the body for action and can improve performance.
However, problematic anxiety can be debilitating, affecting not only the mental health of person who experiences it, but also impact on family and friends. It can also affect relationships, work, social life and many other aspects of life. Anxiety can become severe to where it is considered a mental health issue.
SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY
There are common symptoms of anxiety, although everyone who experiences anxiety does not usually experience all the full range of symptoms.
Physical (physiological or bodily) symptoms
e.g. a noticeably increased heart rate, breathing faster and with shorter breaths, a tight chest, churning stomach, tingling (especially in face, neck and arms), feeling shaky, and sweating.
e.g. feeling anxious, panicky, afraid, apprehensive and uneasy.
e.g. avoiding particular situations, people or 'things' and checking behaviours
Cognitive symptoms (mental or psychological) symptoms
e.g. recurrent negative thoughts, worrying, thoughts about losing control or being able to cope, thoughts and images of the most vase scenario unfolding, difficulty focusing or concentrating
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE PROBLEMATIC ANXIETY?
Put succinctly, anxiety is problematic if it is causing you problems in, and interfering with, living your life.
Problematic anxiety is when you experience it regularly, find it hard to control, it occurs over time and the anxiety interferes with your life.
It may also be problematic when you experience anxiety but do not know the reason why.
Anxiety can also be considered problematic if the anxiety response is out of proportion to the thing which triggers it, i.e. an irrational response.
TYPES OF ANXIETY
Symptoms experiences will depend on the type of anxiety. Common to anxiety disorders is the feeling of anxiety and fear, worrying about future events, and/or fear of a current stimulus (people/person, place, situation, or object).
The main types of anxiety are:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks)
Phobias and Fears
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other recognised forms of anxiety include:
FREEDOM FROM ANXIETY
Problematic anxiety is where clinical hypnotherapy can help.
Clinical hypnotherapy for anxiety in Bolton at Positive Change works by increasing balance and perspective in your life, gaining control over thoughts, enabling you to feel calm, relaxed and confident, and feeling emotionally more settled.
Overall, we address the anxiety at the subconscious level, where the pattern in maintained, to enable you to find freedom to live your life more fully again.
STUART ROSE, ANXIETY SPECIALIST
CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST IN BOLTON
I have worked with clients in Bolton to overcome problematic anxiety, panic, phobias and fears since 1999, using both Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Additionally, I have a background in psychology. I have a 1st Class degree in psychology and taught the subject at further and higher education levels, specialising in social and atypical psychology, including psychological conditions and therapeutic approaches.
I am therefore qualified and experienced so as to be an expert in anxiety treatment.
I enjoy helping people overcome anxiety of all types, so that they can find freedom to live their life the way they want and choose, rather than be held back and limited by the old anxiety they once had.
I now solely practice clinical hypnotherapy within my established private practice - Positive Change Hypnotherapy, based within a private clinic in Bromley Cross, Bolton.
Mental Health Foundation (2016) Mental health statistics: anxiety. [online] Available at: <https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-anxiety> Accessed 02/12/16.