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What is Fears, Phobias, Anxieties and Stress

  • Treatment for Fears
  • Treatment for Phobias
  • Treatment for Anxieties
  • Treatment for Stress

Fears, Phobias, Anxieties & Stress

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  • What is YOUR biggest fear?
  • Do YOU suffer from Anxiety attacks?
  • Do YOU suffer from stress?

What is Fear, Phobias, Anxiety or Stress?

Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months.

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behaviour, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.

Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action

If you suffer from any of the above, PLEASE contact me today. It could very well be the most important call you make this year.

A phobia is an anxiety disorder where you have a deep-rooted, irrational fear of something that generally speaking poses little or no threat to you, such as –

  • Situational Phobias such as Flying, Confined Spaces, Driving, Dentists, Bridges & Tunnels
  • Natural/Environmental Phobias such as Storms, Thunder, Water, Dark, Heights
  • Animal Phobias such as Spiders, Dogs, Snakes, Insects, Rodents
  • Blood/Injection/Injury Phobias such as Blood, Needles, Germs, Surgery
  • Other Phobias such as Vomit, Illness, Death, Loud Noises

The list of phobias stretches into the hundreds but whatever is stopping you from living your life to the full, I can help you.

Anxiety disorders’ is a collective term for the range of issues I treat. It’s important to know that there are no ‘off the shelf’ packages. Each client has specific and unique issues and your sessions are tailored around YOU and you only.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is far more common than we might think and most of us have suffered from social anxiety in one form or another during our lives. It manifests itself as a fear of rejection or being judged or embarrassed in front of other people. It leads to avoidance behaviour and can have a disruptive, negative effect on how you live your life, including but not exclusively –

  • Meeting new people
  • Giving presentations
  • Speaking to authority figures
  • Shopping
  • Eating out
  • Rejection

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Put simply, GAD is essentially worrying about worrying. If you feel anxious about a whole range of issues rather than a specific issue or event, the likely diagnosis is GAD. For most people, their anxiety is far greater than the situation warrants and it comes with physical symptoms including trouble sleeping and the associated fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, nausea and shortness of breath.

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear, apprehension and anxiety whereby the individual often feels like they are having heart attack-type symptoms. It’s important to note here that while panic attacks can be both frightening and disruptive to everyday life, they are not dangerous and with treatment, I can free you from their shackles.

Treatment for Anxiety

At CBC, we use a skills-based model for treating anxiety. During our sessions, we will teach you about relaxation techniques and helpful ways in which you can fundamentally, positively and permanently change the way you behave, think and act. It’s also important to note here that you can’t be stressed or suffer from anxiety when you are in a relaxed state. The skills you’ll learn during your time with us will be vital to both your on-going treatment and perhaps more so as you leave my care.

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There are some very clear distinctions between stress and anxiety and this page will tell you about the types of stress I treat here at Behavioural Freedom but for an answer to the question ‘what is stress’,

One of the fundamental and often-quoted differences is that anxiety is permanent but stress comes and goes dependent on the situation you find yourself in.

You feel stressed when there’s too much to do and can’t find time to fit it all in; you feel stressed at the end of the month when there’s not enough money left; you feel stressed when you have issues with colleagues or bosses and you feel stressed before you get married, move house or have a baby.

The point is, stress isn’t always caused by a negative event, nor is it a medical diagnosis but to overcome it you need to be aware of the things that have caused it. It’s important to note here that every one of us has suffered from stress at one time or another and it’s a completely normal reaction to feelings of pressure.

At CBC will free you from the unwanted behaviours that prohibit you from living the life you want to live. I will free you from the uncomfortable, negative and often debilitating feelings of stress that are generally associated with change and the lack of control over what’s happening during the transition. I will also give you the freedom to focus on moving forward with positivity, a fresh outlook on life and the knowledge that you can do anything you put your mind to.

‘Stress’ is a catch-all term for the overriding feelings you experience when life gets on top of you and you don’t think you can handle everything thrown at you. What I will tell you is that you have phenomenal capacity to cope with seemingly overwhelming situations, just as long as you have the right tools. Behavioural Freedom will equip you with the tools you need to divert stress when you feel it coming.

Types of Stress

The symptoms of stress are in three distinct forms – physical, psychological and behavioural.

  • Physical Symptoms such as Low Energy, Headaches, Insomnia, Teeth Grinding, Aches
  • Psychological Symptoms such as Agitation, Low Self-Esteem, Frustration, Moodiness
  • Behavioural Symptoms such as Procrastination, Nail Biting, Smoking, Drinking, Pacing

As with the root causes of anxiety, the symptoms above aren’t exhaustive but should you feel stress and you notice an increased occurrence of these or similar symptoms, PLEASE contact me today. It could very well be the most important call you make this year.

Stress and Your Health

As I mentioned, stress isn’t a medical diagnosis in the same way that depression is. Although the human body is conditioned to recognise, experience and react to stress (both positively and negatively), if your levels of stress continue untreated, they can turn into ‘distress’ which does have physical symptoms including high blood pressure, chest pains, migraines and upset stomachs. In addition, stress can become more harmful if you turn to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs in a vain attempt to self-administer relief.

Workplace Stress

Stress at work is common. It’s very common. According to the Health & Safety Executive, stress affects 20% of the working population, it’s the single biggest cause of workplace sickness in the UK and over 10.5m working days are lost to stress each year – costing British employers around £1.3bn.

In addition, the NHS suggests that one in five of all GP visits are aligned to psychological issues, including stress, anxiety and depression. The occupations with the highest rates are social work, teaching and public administration.

There are a whole host of reasons why you may feel out of control or stressed at work –

Heavy & Growing Workload • More Responsibility • Longer Hours • Bullying, Harassment & Ill-Discipline • Fears of Redundancy • Lack of Prospects or Job Security • Poor Hierarchical Support

For some, the adrenaline released during periods of stress can act as an energiser, giving them increased motivation to get out of the slump they find themselves in but for others, it can feel like a downward spiral from which there is no return.

Whether you have a specific concern or challenge at work or you feel overwhelmed due to a number of factors, Behavioural Freedom will work closely with you to banish the negativity and put you back on a path of positive thoughts and actions. I will give you a new lease of life that will make you look at going into work in a whole new light.

Treatment for Stress

At CBC, we use a skills-based model for treating stress. During our sessions, we will teach you relaxation techniques and helpful ways in which you can fundamentally, positively and permanently change the way you behave, think, act and react. It’s also important to note here that you can’t be stressed when you are in a relaxed state. The skills you’ll learn during your time with me will be vital to both your on-going treatment and perhaps more so as you leave my care.

A combination of Relaxation, Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is considered to be one of the most effective therapies to combat Fears, Phobias, Anxieties and Stress and put you back on a path to having a positive mind-set and being able to live your life to the fullest, free of worries. By combining them and adding in the element of hypnosis, we believe this is the most effective, pragmatic and relevant approach to the treatment of Fears, Phobias, Anxieties and Stress.