Anxiety is not only uncomfortable for a person suffering its symptoms. It also can cause significant health risks According to the National Comorbidity Survey as many as one in four of the men and women in the United States may experience an anxiety disorder ranging from a phobia to panic attacks to long-term chronic anxiety such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Most people have a general awareness of symptoms of anxiety disorders which may include over-whelming fear, avoidance of certain places or situations, worry about situations, avoidance of situations, having sleep problems in falling or staying asleep and fear of losing control. It's good to know that early recognition and treatment including hypnosis can prevent much suffering from anxiety.
Research in an over 22-year study of 6,000 adults reported by Maya Lambiase, PhD, and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, indicates that people with high levels of anxiety were 33% more likely to have strokes than those with low levels. It is believed that anxiety caused higher levels of stress hormones, elevated heart rate and high blood pressure. In addition, smoking and physical inactivity which were identified as anxiety-related behaviors may have raised the risk for strokes.
The good news is that there are treatments which can help including medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Self-help techniques such as breathing exercises, avoiding caffeine and quitting smoking can also be of value. In my own hypnotherapy practice, I often work on referral from psychotherapists for anxiety. As an adjunct to the therapists own work, I may do one to a few sessions of hypnotherapy to reinforce their work and support the self-help techniques.
With treatment from physicians, cognitive-behavioral therapists and hypnotherapists, anxiety can be relieved and your health risk of strokes caused by anxiety can be eliminated. Get the help you need. Hypnosis can help you to feel better and BE WELL.