Help for anxiety & panic attacks
REAL HELP FOR ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS !
Anxiety, panic attacks and stress are an increasingly common problem, and can be very frightening and debilitating for sufferers. For some, it can be temporary or fluctuating, and based on a current anxiety-inducing situation (known as ‘real-time anxiety’) such as being on an aeroplane, driving on the motorway, being sent to court for speeding, or facing a redundancy process or stressful period at work. For others, it can be a persistent, constant feeling of anxiety, created by anticipating or worrying about future stress-inducing or worrying situations, either real or imagined (known as ‘anticipatory anxiety’) on a daily basis.
In both types, the psychological and physiological symptoms of anxiety (sometimes referred to or diagnosed as ‘Generalised Anxiety Disorder’, or GAD, by the medical profession) are much the same. Many sufferers can’t relax, are very jumpy and startle easily, and have difficulty concentrating. Often they have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Physical symptoms that often accompany general anxiety disorder include panic attacks, palpitations, fatigue, Irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, muscle tension, shaking, twitching, irritability, sweating, nausea or having to go to the bathroom often.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Anxiety does not just happen to us – it doesn’t appear out of the blue, even though that’s how it may seem. Negative, stressful thoughts are generated by unhelpful beliefs, which is why we can be quite unaware of them and the damage they do. Sufferers of anxiety are constantly occupying their minds with negative, catastrophic thoughts, either by worrying about situations that may occur in future or worrying that they don’t have the ability to cope with their current situation.
At the very heart of anxiety lies a lack of self-belief: sufferers lack the confidence in themselves and their ability to cope, which is why they spend a lot of time doubting themselves, berating themselves and planning for worst case scenarios. Famous psychologist Bandura (1988) wrote that “those who believe they cannot manage potential threats experience high levels of anxiety arousal. They tend to dwell on their coping deficiencies and view many aspects of their environment as fraught with danger.” In other words, the more they believe they cannot cope with certain situations, the more controlling, safety-seeking and avoidance behaviours they put in place to try and avoid facing these situations altogether, which only makes them feel more powerless in the long run.
Another major component of general anxiety is social anxiety – feeling judged and worried about how others may perceive them. This stems from self-esteem issues: when we feel confident in our own skin, we feel confident around others.
It can be very easy for sufferers, particularly those diagnosed with anxiety or GAD by a medical professional, to feel that this is a medical problem and that they will therefore have to live with it for the rest of their lives. However, this is simply not true, and is very unhelpful for those already feeling very hopeless and powerless over their anxiety. The Thrive Programme has already helped countless sufferers not just to cope with their anxiety but to actually overcome it entirely – and you can do the same! Just watch some of the real-life video testimonials on the right hand side to hear first-hand how Thrive has helped each person to completely change their lives and become anxiety-free.
PANIC AND ANXIETY ATTACKS
If you’ve suffered a panic attack, you’ll understand the fear and anxiety they cause. They’re very common and symptoms include palpitations, shortness of breath (hyperventilating), sweating and feelings of loss of control. Some may mistake these feelings for an onset of something more serious such as a heart attack and think they are about to die, only heightening their state of anxiety and panic. Every symptom you experience during an attack is a natural, harmless part of your body’s fight-or-flight reaction – but can very frightening at the time as you feel so out of control.
Panic symptoms are the direct result of the hormone adrenaline which is released when you perceive that you are in danger. With the release of adrenaline, your blood pressure increases and breathing speeds up preparing you for muscular effort. Although the feelings you experience are very unpleasant, they will do you no harm. You will not die, lose control or have a heart attack.
However, the fear of having a panic attack can often lead to the desire to avoid certain situations or even forcing yourself into feared situations but feeling full of dread and anxiety. You may well be building up anxiety about a situation days or weeks in advance but feel unable to change the way you think about it.
“The anxiety that I used to have before and after something has now completely gone… I am able to stop myself getting into this cycle of anxiety.
It is the best thing I’ve ever done – there’s no way I would be sat here now in the position I am in without going through Thrive!” (Helena, aged 16, 2018)
BREAKING THE ANXIETY CYCLE
People with high anxiety levels and a high desire for control tend to believe that by obsessing about something, they are gaining control and helping themselves to figure things out. Sufferers tend to ‘zoom in’ on their problems and worries in the hope that this will enable them to find a solution. In reality though, this actually increases their anxious and powerless feelings and can eventually trigger more symptoms.
In fact, researchers discuss how negative brooders are far less likely to use active and effective coping skills to deal with problems or stressful life events than those who do not tend to brood. Researchers Lyubomirsky and Tkach (1999) wrote that ‘studies have provided evidence that ruminative focusing leads dysphoric individuals to appraise their problems as overwhelming and unsolvable’. This is because obsessing tends to focus all attention on a problem, reinforcing all the negatives, keeping people absorbed in their worries and in fact, increasing their feelings of being out of control.
However, when you genuinely understand how your mind works, i.e. the interaction between your thinking, your beliefs and your feelings, you actually feel much more in control and empowered. When you recognise that nearly all of your problems, stresses, symptoms and ill-health are either caused or made worse by poorly-managed thinking, you feel fantastic … because you caused these problems, then you can change them!
“What I like about it is that you are in control of changing the way you think about things… I was relying too heavily on counsellors that weren’t giving me any answers. I’ve now found my answers!
I would urge anyone to invest in this course…it’s changed my life” (Gemma, 2018)
how is thrive different?
Thrive is entirely different to techniques such as NLP or CBT, even if on the surface they may sound similar.
Thrive doesn’t just focus upon giving a person some isolated insights, tools and techniques to cope with a symptom or problem. These approaches are ‘fire-fighting’ – trying to control or reduce the anxiety AFTER we have already created it by our thinking. Often people tire quickly of having to maintain this level of effort of fending off negative thoughts. The Thrive Programme® is about Thriving and overcoming symptoms is just one part of that. It is about creating strong psychological foundations (eg, good self-esteem) so that we are not creating anxiety. You don’t need to fire-fight if you are not setting fires in the first place.
The Thrive Programme® comes from a completely different angle to any other treatment, therapy or intervention. Using the Programme, anyone can learn how to enjoy good mental health.
Thrive is NOT therapy – it’s the complete opposite to therapy – and it puts you in the driving seat. This means that when you do meet a hurdles in life, you’ll be well-prepared to meet them head on, feeling powerful, capable and positive. With the Thrive Programme® there’ll be no stopping you!
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