Anxiety Management

Anxiety is an emotional response to something that you fear that you are unable to cope with and/or a fear something bad is going to happen.  Symptoms may include racing heart, rapid breathing, feeling hot and prickly - typical sensations when the body is in a 'fight or flight' response.  

Anxiety is triggered by situations, people, and things - often an unhelpful strategy people adopt is avoidance, which only serves to restrict yourself further.  

Anxieties include:

  • social anxiety (e.g. public speaking, meeting new people, job interviews),
  • exam anxiety,
  • performance anxiety (sport, work),
  • fears and phobias (e.g. fear of heights, flying, animals),
  • generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) - worry and worry about worry,
  • sense of helplessness/hopelessness,
  • panic attacks/panic disorder (often a fear of something more serious like a heart attack or unable to breath).

Desensitisation using imaginal exposure and mindfulness, and relaxation skills training - with and without hypnosis - are common and proven cognitive behavioural techniques used in treating anxiety and panic. 

For phobias and performance/social anxiety, systematic desensitisation and/or assertiveness training in collaboration with relaxation techniques help set aside irrational fears that are holding you back in life.

CBH can be especially helpful in addressing the challenges associated with a diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); these challenges include difficulty focusing attention, disorganisation, and procrastination.  Finally CBH is also helpful for anxiety and worry around academic work or fear of the future.