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Are we in the midst of an anxiety epidemic?

Anxiety has become a 21st Century epidemic. Reported levels have been increasing since the end of World War II suggesting that anxiety disorders now constitutes the most prevalent mental health problems worldwide.



It’s a primitive response from when our ancestors had to be on constant alert, ready to call upon their fight or flight response. We have all experienced moments when everything seemed to be crashing us and most of us got over it.


Many unfortunately remain locked in its terrifying grip. For them, anxiety strikes unexpectedly and frequently. Sufferers imagine that things are overwhelming and beyond their control with debilitating results.


Anxiety manifests as fear, uncertainty, racing thoughts and avoidance of people, places or situations. It affects the ability to function normally and sufferers often feel they are losing their minds. It can lead to related psychological conditions like substance abuse and personality difficulties.



Different kinds of anxiety disorders



Women are 60% more likely than men to experience anxiety disorder. About 8% of teenagers experience anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is its most common form described as a constant state of worry and anxiety that’s out of proportion to what’s actually going on in one’s life.



Its symptoms include heart palpitations, “jelly legs,” hands and feet tingling, hyperventilation, dizziness, feeling sick, tension, headaches, hot flushes and shaking. Anxiety sufferers may think they’re going mad or losing control. They feel they might die, are going to be sick, that things are speeding up or slowing down, feeling detached from their environment and people and they want to escape.



GAD sufferers tend to be unsure and lack confidence. They are often perfectionists, controlling and excessively conforming. Symptoms can include restlessness, on edge, excessive tiredness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance.



Panic Disorder



Extreme anxiety includes panic disorder, characterized by terrifying episodes of high anxiety. This, the dreaded panic attack can last from 15 to 30 minutes. Symptoms can accompany other kinds of anxiety disorder though attacks tend to be triggered by specific cues.


Symptoms include heart palpitations, sweating, disorientation, breathlessness, fear of dying and even the fear of going insane.



The other four major classifications of anxiety include phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and separation anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder sufferers tend to have their lives ruled by avoidance, subterfuge, ritualistic behaviour and self-medication. They are also at an increased suicide risk.


Successful anxiety treatment



Anxiety is typically treated with cognitive behavioural therapy, and antidepressants. The results are mixed and there is a great risk of creating medication dependency or addiction. 
Anxiety can now be treated successfully.


Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic programming and Buteyko therapy in combination offer the best solution with a better than 90% success rate according to therapist Tom Ryan whose clinics are now treating anxiety, successfully. Take back control of your life.


For a local appointment Phone 0871917840 now.