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Itís perfectly normal to feel nervous about important upcoming events, like a job interview or moving to a new area. But what if you find yourself worked up about minor things that you really shouldnít be nervous about, such as meeting up with friends or picking your children up from school? If you feel this way most of the time, you could be suffering from a problem that doctors refer to as generalised anxiety disorder, more commonly known as GAD.
What Is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?
Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a mental condition in which a person constantly feels worried, stressed and tense, even when there is nothing to be afraid of. This condition can last for days, months, or even years, depending on the person. It can cause both physical and mental symptoms such as the following:
- muscle cramps and/or muscle weakness
- tension headaches
- brain fog
- feeling weak all throughout the day
Next to clinical depression, GAD is one of the most common mental conditions in the UK and US.
The causes of GAD
Doctors have been baffled by this condition for a long time, as there are no clear causes for why people develop GAD. However, certain factors have been identified which can contribute to the onset of GAD:
- Genetic makeup: scientific studies show that if one of your relatives has suffered or is suffering from GAD or other mental conditions, then you are likely to develop the condition as well.
- Childhood trauma: if you have suffered from some sort of mental trauma in your childhood, chances are that you will develop GAD during your adulthood.
- Drugs: some drugs have the capability to alter hormone distribution, which causes hormonal imbalance leading to GAD.
Hypnotherapy can help
There are many effective treatment options for GAD, such as the use of antidepressants or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). However, some of these treatments are costly and can have harmful side effects on the body. As an alternative treatment, hypnotherapy can be used to treat people with GAD Ė that is, through hypnosis techniques which puts the patient into a state where they are perfectly relaxed but with their focus and concentration retained. Hypnotherapy is 100% natural and does not require the patient to take any medication.
A skilled hypnotherapist can access a patientís subconscious mind, enabling them to understand what is causing the patientís GAD. With the underlying causes known, the hypnotherapist is then able to provide advice on what to do in order to get rid of the problematic mental condition once and for all. Furthermore, hypnotherapy is completely safe and does not produce adverse side effects. For these reasons, hypnotherapy is a popular alternative treatment for people with GAD and other mental conditions.
If you suspect that you’re suffering from GAD, it may worth your while to turn to hypnotherapy. Pursuing a series of sessions with a qualified hypnotherapist will help to create a change in your unconscious mind, freeing yourself from your worries once and for all.
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