Generalised Anxiety Problems
Generalised Anxiety Disorder Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Unlike the Anxiety which is associated with very specific triggers (such as Phobias or other Fears) Generalised Anxiety Disorder refers to those experiences of Anxiety that appear to have “no” trigger at all!
For the person suffering with a Generalised Anxiety Disorder this can seem worse than “normal” Anxiety as it can “come-on” at any time and without warning.
GAD can leave a person feeling exhausted as they will tend to become hyper-vigilant (constantly waiting for Anxiety to appear) as they do not know what situations to avoid in order to minimise the chances of becoming anxious.
Why Do I Experience Anxiety?
Anxiety is an absolutely normal reaction to any situation where we believe we are in “danger” (not necessarily that we ARE in danger).
We are “hard-wired” to respond in this way and we do not have any conscious control over the reaction, however, it is crucial to be aware that we DO have control over what we believe is dangerous – it’s not this “Anxiety Reaction” which is “inappropriate”, but what we believe the danger is!
When our mind prepares to deal with danger it considers through three possible ways of solving the problem we are faced with:
(1) FREEZE and hope that the danger goes away,
(2) FLIGHT – escape from the danger, normally by running away, and
(3) FIGHT – confront and fight the danger.
Whichever option we choose our mind ensures that our body is physically ready for any of the solutions by flooding our bloodstream with adrenalin, shutting down the non-essential bodily functions (rationale thinking, digestion etc) and generally preparing for survival.
These chemical changes in our bodies are experienced physically as the symptoms of Anxiety!
Common Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Feelings of living on the edge of your seat
- Inability to rest well
- An impending sense of fear or dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered with friends and family
- Finding minor issues irritating
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating excessively
- Cramps in the Stomach
- Migraines and Headaches
- Missing your period
- Sleep patterns becoming interrupted
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome GAD
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome generalised anxiety disorders then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
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FREE Initial Consultations for GAD
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your generalised anxiety disorder. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with GAD
Generalised anxiety disorders are frequently made even worse by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these ‘thinking errors’ by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was nice because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
Contact Tranceform Psychology
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us to find out how Tranceform could help you to achieve your goals and aspirations or overcome problems. We offer ALL prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss all the options available to you.