ANXIETY DISORDERS

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Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You may feel nervous about sitting an exam, worried about a presentation at work or before making important life decisions. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.

Anxiety disorders are different, though. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming and can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school/university work and relationships. However with treatment many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.

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Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapies are incredibly effective at treating anxiety disorders. I use a variety of evidence-based treatments to help clients reduce and manage their levels of anxiety across the following types of disorders:

  • Generalised anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Panic attacks

  • Social anxiety
  • Performance anxiety

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As the symptoms of anxiety can vary considerably from person to person treatment plans are always tailored specifically to an individual's needs.

Please do not hesitate to call or email me for a free initial consultation to discuss how best I can help you.

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There are different types of anxiety disorders:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a long-term condition that causes anxiety about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed.

 

Symptoms include:

  • feeling restless, worried or on edge

  • difficulty concentrating or sleeping

  • dizziness or heart palpitations

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety means you experience extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations, such as parties, workplaces, or when meeting new people or starting conversations. You may worry about doing something you think is embarrassing such as blushing, sweating.

Symptoms include:​

  • feeling sick, sweating or trembling 

  • heart palpitations

  • panic attacks

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Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks are when your body experiences a rush of intense mental and physical symptoms. It can come on very quickly and for no apparent reason and although they are not dangerous they can be very frightening and distressing.

Symptoms include:​

  • feeling faint or nauseous 

  • a racing heartbeat

  • shortness of breath

Performance Anxiety

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If you dread the thought of getting up in front of a group of people and performing you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from performance anxiety, commonly called 'stage fright'. Athletes, musicians, actors and public speakers often get performance anxiety.

 

Symptoms include:​

  • racing pulse & rapid breathing

  • dry mouth & tight throat

  • trembling hands, knees, lips & voice

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Phobias

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. Specific phobias centre around a particular object, animal, situation or activity. They often develop during childhood or adolescence and may become less severe as you get older. 

 

Common examples of specific phobias:

  • animal phobias – such as dogs, spiders or snakes

  • environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs

  • situational phobias – such as visiting the dentist, flying or confined spaces

  • bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or having injections

Almost all phobias can be successfully treated and cured. Common phobias can be treated through gradual exposure to the object, animal, place or situation that causes fear and anxiety. This is known as desensitisation or self-exposure therapy.

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. Specific phobias centre around a particular object, animal, situation or activity. They often develop during childhood or adolescence and may become less severe as you get older. 

 

Common examples of specific phobias:

  • animal phobias – such as dogs, spiders or snakes

  • environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs

  • situational phobias – such as visiting the dentist, flying or confined spaces

  • bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or having injections

Almost all phobias can be successfully treated and cured. Common phobias can be treated through gradual exposure to the object, animal, place or situation that causes fear and anxiety. This is known as desensitisation or self-exposure therapy.

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Testimonials

"I have been feeling the strain since Covid and the lockdowns in London. It all felt like life was just getting on top of me. I was irritable, and experincing mood swings, and losing focus on my life goals. It was a constant cycle of worry and stress and no light at the end of the tunnel. I finally made the step to break the cycle by looking for someone who would understand my concerns and actually listens to me and then provide me with a practical solution and give me the tools to prevent me from ever getting this bogged down again. After some online searching i am forever grateful to find Alex. I spent several sessions overall with Alex. Each one worthwhile and a constructive step in helping me find a balance in my life. Alex was constantly encouraging and positive, I felt as though although my own problems were personal and therefore unique to me, but his guidance was not generic it was personalised and offered to me in a way which i totally related to. Perhaps thats the secret to his success. He is every bit as professional as you would expect and clearly knowledgable in his field but more than that he is humble and modest and so his ability to put himself in my shoes and see my difficulties and then advise and suggest ways to break the old habits and create new and positive habits is what really has turned my life around. He has helped me out of my darkest times and has armed me with methods to combat negative thought patterns. Enough to not only get me back to where i wanted to be mentally but to help me find some inner happiness for a better future. Thank you Alex for your services, your time, and sharing your knowledge. I will still aim to check in over the coming years just as a mental health check up, because i know that you have my best interests at heart. And you havent let me down once.  I fully believe in your abilities.." 

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Alexander James is a Mindfulness-Based Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist helping clients overcome addictions, stress and anxiety disorders.

Appointments are available at various clinics across Central London including:

1 Harley Street, Bank, Canary Wharf, Notting Hill, Wimbledon and outside London at the Cowdray Therapy Rooms in West Sussex.

I also offer home visits and Online consultations.

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.