ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
“...Every one of the social and psychological causes of depression and anxiety they have discovered has something in common. They are all forms of disconnection. They are all ways in which we have been cut off from something we innately need but seem to have lost along the way.”
― Johann Hari
ANXIETY IS AN EMOTION THAT WE ALL FEEL AT TIMES, BUT WHEN YOU START TO FEEL IT MOST OR ALL OF THE TIME IT BECOMES A REAL PROBLEM.
A small amount of anxiety is healthy and serves as a warning system; it helps us to focus on things that need to be dealt with urgently. Back in our early days, the fight-or-flight response gave us a boost of adrenaline that would increase our heart rate and oxygen intake, enabling us to run from dangerous situations such as a predatory animal. It was a short term solution to an immediate problem, and we could return to normal as soon as the danger had passed. These days, the many stresses of everyday life can trigger the anxiety response.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
Tightness in the chest
Shortness of breath
Anxiety should pass as soon as the event causing it passes, but this often doesn't happen. When we start to feel anxious, as we inevitably will at some point, our fear of it getting out of control may cause us to constantly scan ourselves for these symptoms. Our anxiety can amplify in a kind of feedback loop: we become anxious about being anxious. Every small stressor that’s added increases the anxiety until one small, trivial thing can send us into a full-blown panic attack. It begins to affect our sleep, leading to further difficulty in coping with daily life.
The subconscious mind is very good at protecting us from harmful situations.
This can become a huge problem when we become fearful and avoidant of situations we consciously understand are quite safe. Social anxiety prevents us from connecting with others, leading to loneliness, depression and withdrawal from the world. Health anxiety causes us to scan our bodies for the smallest of sensations and symptoms; our thoughts can become consumed with fear and uncertainty.
The CONTROL System allows you to stop fearing the feeling of normal levels of anxiety and get back control of your thoughts and responses. My job is to guide your subconscious mind to allow you to deal with stress calmly and confidently.
"My anxiety had got so bad I was having panic attacks most days. I'm very unhappy in my job and that was making it worse but I was too scared to go for interviews. Since seeing Claire I can't believe how much more calm I feel. I've started applying for other jobs and I'm not as worried about the interviews. I feel like I can cope with them much better and not panic, now I'm not as worried about the future anymore." —Paul
Most of us go through periods of feeling low at times; this is normal and natural, and usually we start to feel better in a few days. When these feelings last for weeks or months we can begin to feel that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, no possibility of any happiness in the future. A doctor may diagnose depression when we feel hopeless, lose interest in the things we used to enjoy, have no motivation and sometimes even have thoughts of harming ourselves.
Although it is often said that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, this is unproven.
It is more likely to be caused by unresolved emotional issues such as grief or trauma, or by stressful situations in our lives which we are unable to see a way out of. Antidepressants can help by boosting chemicals such as serotonin in the brain, but if the depression is caused by emotional triggers medication is just masking the symptoms. When we are told that we have a brain disorder that can only be managed, not cured, it can lock us into that state; we feel that happiness is completely out of reach.
OUR SUBCONSCIOUS MINDS WANT ONLY ONE THING:
THE BEST STRATEGY FOR THE MOST HAPPINESS.
Depression happens when there seems to be no hope of being happy; the subconscious decides that happiness is just not possible. The Reticular Activating System, a network of neurons in our brains that are in charge of filtering input into our conscious awareness, notices things that apply to us and filters out things that don’t. If the RAS decided that only the bad things apply to us, that’s all we’ll see.
The good news is that the RAS can be reprogrammed using hypnosis. When we find the subconscious barriers that block the light at the end of the tunnel, we can change the way our brains are responding to the world and allow our subconscious minds to start seeing
the possibility of a happy future.