tress and anxiety are caused by the response we have to challenging situations, situations where there is a perceived or real threat to our physical self, mental well being or perhaps our environment, lifestyle, family, job etc. Different people experience stress or anxiety for different reasons and deal or fail to deal with increased stress or anxiety levels in different ways. The feeling of stress or anxiety is our bodies reaction to fear or change – flight, fight or freeze. We feel stress or anxiety as a mechanism for avoiding dangerous situations in life ( i.e. – when predators approach) hormones flood our system preparing us to stand and defend ourselves, fight, or run away, social “rules “ prevent us from actually hitting someone or running away from a bullying boss at work and the excess of the hormones in our system drive the body into overdrive with no release causing many of the physical symptoms we experience at a moment of stress or anxiety.
However, we need a certain amount of “stress” to motivate us to do things, for example additional stress experienced because a father may need more money for better schooling may be the motivator for him to get a higher paid job, or work longer hours. However chronic stress (constant stress over along period of time) is responsible for many emotional and physical difficulties, Failure to earn more money or find a better job may lead to financial hardship and feelings of failure , a lack of self worth, leading to depression, drinking and ill effect on his health.
“Fear is the fear of being scared – nothing to fear but fear itself”
Fear is at the bottom of stress, fear of change, failure abandonment , if we as therapists can find out what is the patients greatest fear we can then find out the real reason for the stress and help them deal with than. It may be that a person feels stress – fearful of something without knowing what is the root cause of the fearfulness.
So , the definition of Stress, we feel stressed when we are feeling frustrated, angry or anxious about a situation or circumstances we are not able to control or feel we can not change, it is an overload of these feelings. I believe that there is not a vast amount of difference between stress and anxiety, anxiety is perhaps a higher level of suffering , over a more prolonged time frame, with more less triggers, but the sauces, symptoms and treatments for stress and anxiety may overlap and exist without clear boundaries or definitions.
Triggers for the stress reaction should be clearer than the non de script vague feelings of anxiety , triggers may include speaking in public, dentist, losing job, no money … if the trigger is easily identifiable – then the stress should be easy to deal with – particularly suitable for treatment with hypnotherapy.
The most common symptoms displayed by someone experiencing high levels of stress may be:
PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES – depression or acute anxiety not always connected to a specific cause. Confusion or the inability to concentrate.
SLEEP DISTURBANCES – insomnia.
SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION - stress can cause this in both men and women. Manifest in lack of libido, inability to achieve orgasm, importance in men. Sexual dysfunction may suggest deeper issues including phobic responses. Psycho sexual difficulties.
IBS, panic syndrome, depression insomnia. Migraine. These issues need further studies before treatment with hypnotherapy.
Treatment for stress will centre around relaxation techniques and teaching patients to recognise the triggers and teaching them how to deal with the physical symptoms of the condition, and giving the sufferer coping strategies to assist with the root cause of the stress.
If there is no trigger evident and symptoms are evident all the time – manifestation could be be low self esteem, feelings on inadequacy, failure, then patients may benefit from treatments that centre on helping them dealing with their low...
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