Anxiety is the threshold of fear. According to the theory of emotional intensification (Medvin, 1996), first there is agitation, then worry, then anxiety, then fear, then a panic attack, and all this can result in a sense of terror.
In our life, anxiety is a common occurrence, but we are talking about occasional anxiety. It is normal to experience anxiety about a significant event. When a threat or an alarm situation develops, the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body to mobilize resources. It is the mobilization of resources that occurs when you feel fear. But anxiety tells the body that a dangerous situation is possible. Although adrenaline is not yet released into the bloodstream, a person may already begin to feel certain bodily sensations, such as an increased heartbeat, a feeling of excitability, and rapid breathing. With the intensification of the state, these sensations increase. As for the psychologically-based sensations, a person may experience tension, helplessness, insecurity, loneliness, a sense of uncertainty, a sense of imminent danger, difficulties in making a decision.
Over time, anxiety increases, becomes more frequent and becomes unpredictable, that is, anxiety is no longer determined by the specific possible or actual situations. It can be portioned or generalized. In the latter case, the person is in an anxious state constantly.
There are several forms of anxiety:
- “Cultivated” anxiety.
- Compensated anxiety.
- Acute anxiety.
“Cultivated” anxiety is experienced as something useful for a person. In this case, this kind of anxiety is perceived as a regulator of activities, which ensures its responsibility, organization. In addition, such anxiety can be perceived as a kind of worldview, that is, it is necessary to worry, this is useful when it comes to their own children. Such parents throughout their lives, worry about their children, often becoming their tyrants.
Compensated anxiety is determined by the ability to independently find a kind of compensation. A person can cope with anxiety independently by lowering its intensity and/or using it as a stimulation of one’s own activity to increase the degree of activity.
Acute anxiety is characterized by strong manifestations that are outwardly very noticeable. For example, a person begins to walk from corner to corner, not finding a place, cannot take up outside affairs, calls every five minutes and the like. This kind of anxiety is not regulated by the person.
If we consider that an increased level of anxiety is an inadequate reaction of the sympathetic section of our autonomic, then having taught this system to react in low tones, it is quite natural to expect a decrease, if not even the disappearance of all unwanted symptoms. However, this is not as easy as it seems. Normal manifestation of anxiety is not necessary to remove. In some cases, it is needed. Imagine that parents do not worry about their teenager, if he did not come home on time. In this case, they would not even have thought to call his friends or take some measures to find him.
Of course there is a fine line. Parents who begin to ring all bells, if their child does not appear at home five minutes after his promised time, do not help the development of responsibility. There is a serious danger of excessive control, which can throw their son into a zone of absolute disobedience and anti-social actions. It is here that the treatment of hypnotherapy really helps, so to speak, to slow down. Do not completely eliminate anxiety, but simply reduce the degree of intensity.
On the other hand, there are manifestations of anxiety, which have no basis. A person is worried for any reason, with or without reason. This form of anxiety can easily go into a clinical form. In this case, treatment is indicated until complete disappearance of any signs of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy can give very good results.
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PhD in medical psychology, professor, hypnotherapist