CBT is the most popular form of therapy to address a range of issues that come under the umbrella term ‘anxiety disorders’. It is NICE-recommended and recovery figures show it is most effective when practised by those with specialist training and accreditation. I am a fully-accredited CBT specialist with 25 years clinical experience of successfully treating all severities of anxiety disorders to draw upon. Get in touch to discuss how effective therapy can help you overcome this debilitating and unpleasant experience.
We’ve all come across a dangerous or stressful situation which provoked feelings of panic, anxiety and fear in us. Anxiety is our natural and safe emotion of protection, so these feelings are completely natural albeit uncomfortable, and thankfully don’t occur to most of us that often.
However the World Health Organisation estimates that for 4% of the global population, their experiences are severe enough to be termed an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are composed of thinking, physical and behavioural elements.The experience differs from person-to-person and definitely across situations, so when anxious a person’s thinking can be caught up in different ways. Some of us experience chronic worry, others fear a specific situation or obsessive thoughts that endlessly loop. This thinking is usually accompanied by physical sensations that can range from uncomfortable ‘butterflies’ in the stomach to multiple panic attack symptoms.
Usually people report a combination of:
Behaviourally, avoidance of feared situations, or looking for early escape options are key indicators of anxiety disorders, and whilst these strategies are completely understandable, they make things worse in the long run.
Anxiety disorders are a cluster of disorders, often related and overlapping, with defined criteria and CBT is the recommended approach to treat the following:
If this sounds like your experience, then know that you are far from alone; anxiety is one of the most common reasons that people seek therapy. But evidence-based treatment is available and recovery figures for CBT face to face and online with an accredited expert are excellent.
In the meantime, start the process and get curious about the what, whys and hows of the anxiety issue you’re facing with the list below.
Overcoming Worry: Kevin Meares and Mark Freeston
Overcoming Panic Disorder: Vijaya Manicavasagar and Derrick Silove
Overcoming Health Anxiety: Rob Willson and David Veale
Overcoming Social Anxiety: Gillian Butler
Overcoming OCD: David Veale and Rob Willson
Break Free From OCD: Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream and Paul Salkovskis
Overcoming Phobias: Diana Sanders
Overcoming Traumatic Stress: Claudia Herbert