Constantly anxious? Don't suffer any more. There is effective help.

Anxiety and panic attacks can be so overwhelming that people have to take time off sick. Sometimes for weeks or months. Another problem to worry about. It can be years before some people decide to get help. But don't wait because treatment is fast and effective.

Anxiety is normal. It is a natural defence mechanism to protect us from danger. In the past, the sabre toothed tiger would be lying in wait in the bushes. We only needed a suggestion of its presence and we would be running back to the cave. And this hair trigger reflex remains with us, but most dangers are social - risks to our self-esteem or confidence, fear of making a fool of ourselves in front of other people. The unpleasant feelings - dry mouth, sweaty hands, palpitations, shaking legs, tingling, pains - are the direct result of the hormones that flood our bodies at the first perception of risk. They are not dangerous, but they are horrible. We would do almost anything to avoid them.

Job insecurity, relationship breakdown, the rotten economic situation, all these can make us feel jittery and worry about our future. So it is not surprising that anxiety is on the increase.

But anxiety can become a habit. We respond to the same situations in the same way and if our response doesn't work, we can feel that we have lost control. We start to avoid doing the things that give us pleasure. We stop going to the pictures, we give up our evening classes, we don't go to the gym.  We can even end up taking time off work (and most of us enjoy working). So we end up feeling anxious and doing nothing enjoyable. We could even become depressed.

Anxiety is well-treated with CBT, and it is recommended by the National Institute for Care Excellence. When you add hypnosis to the mix, it works quickly. And it is enjoyable and interesting too. So, if you are finding your anxiety is spoiling your life, then get help now. Don't wait. You will be surprised how quickly you feel better.

Thank goodness, because life is complex enough and there are plenty of pressures at work, at home, financially and more. Learning a way to manage stress, worry less and feel back in control means we can focus on our problems and solve them, rather than making ourselves sick. And anxiety has been shown to make us sick. It can lead to depression, heart disease, insomnia, digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as reducing the effectiveness of our immune system, making us vulnerable to a whole range of low level infections.

Anxiety can have a cause, or not seem to have a cause at all. Cognitive behavioural therapies can help whether you know the background problem or not. You might, for example, set yourself such high standards, that you are doomed to constant failure. You might have unresolved problems, things you don't feel strong enough to face up to. Anxiety might just be an unhelpful habit you have got into. Or it could just be a coping style that you have picked up along the way. I can help in all these cases. There is no need to suffer any more. Just a few sessions, and you will know you can be back in charge. Not just for now, but for life.

What is your experience of anxiety? What were the symptoms? How did you get better? How long did you wait before you sought help?

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