Anxiety is a natural state that is the body's response to a stressful situation
When someone is anxious, the body releases a range of hormones designed to prepare the person to fight or flee.
This flood of hormones increases the heart rate and breathing, decreases response time and also moves blood out of the digestive system and into the body, so it is able to react more quickly. Once the situation is no longer stressful or the event has passed, the opposite occurs, and the body goes back to its normal state.
This stressful situation can be real or perceived. In earliest humans, the state of anxiety would have been helpful, triggering hyper-alertness when going into situations where there was a potential for danger. For individuals with anxiety disorders however this system does not work, and the individual often perceives a stressful situation when there is no stress, danger, worry or fear.
He or she may be very aware of this issue, which only creates more anxiety and stress, and being constantly in a state of stress the individual does not experience the calming down cycle, which means someone may be chronically stressed for months or even years. This has both emotional as well as physiological consequences.
The professionals at The London Practice have extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Using counselling and psychotherapy methods and techniques our therapists and counsellors work closely with clients to understand the cause of any anxiety, and to create effective coping strategies for avoiding anxiety-related responses.
The type of anxiety disorder present will be instrumental in the type of treatment plan we recommend. The most common types of anxiety disorders include:
- Phobias: these are extreme fears that are often irrational and are usually specific to a place, event, thing or situation
- PTSD: a stress-related anxiety found in individuals experiencing traumatic types of events
- Panic disorder: often called a panic attack, this is a debilitating disorder that occurs unexpectedly and may involve significant physiological responses, including fainting, extremely high heart rates, breathing problems and the need to immediately leave the situation
- Separation anxiety: the fear of being away from something or someone
- Social anxiety disorder: fear of being in social situations and fearing the judgement of others.
There are also anxiety disorders which focus around health, where even minor changes in the body trigger worry and high stress levels. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is another form of anxiety disorder.
Generalised anxiety is chronic anxiety. This is a pervasive, low to moderate level of fear of something about to happen which is often not clearly defined.
Treatment for Anxiety
Our mental health professionals work with patients throughout London, including the Chelsea and Mayfair area, from our Harley Street office. We provide a bespoke treatment plan for anxiety customised to each of our clients.
Talking therapy, art therapy and different types of approaches can be used to treat the specific type of anxiety a client is experiencing. Our team provides a holistic approach to therapy which includes the use of relaxation and mindfulness training, providing the individual with effective tools to cope with feelings of anxiety before they become problematic.
Contact us to find out more about how we might be able to help. Call us on 07809 668193, or use our secure email contact form.