Anxiety and fear are different. Whilst fear is directed at a tangible outside object, general anxiety disorder
is internal and without any particular outer focus. This is why it is called ‘free-floating.’
Those who suffer have difficulty identifying what they
are anxious about. There is often have a sense of foreboding, that
something dangerous is going to happen and this can lie heavy on the
persons’ emotional and physical well-being. There are many
contributing factors which cause this condition to emerge. One of
them may be linked to having a traumatic event in one’s life, such as
bereavement, or abuse of some kind. This effect of such trauma is
that the ‘threshold’ for tolerance of everyday stresses is much
reduced in such people and they see potential danger in situations
other people will not perceive as a situation to be anxious about.
The aim of therapy is to firstly re-adjust the threshold to a level
whereby the client is better able to deal with everyday situations and not perceive them as dangerous.
The other aim is to help the client
develop coping strategies to stop the ruminating thoughts take over
the mind and to replace them with more benevolent ones. This gives
a sense of control to the client, that they can control their thoughts
and choose ones that will be more favorable.
In addition to this, the client will undergo hypo-psychotherapy to
address the cause of his or her anxiety. This will entail regressing back
to the traumatic situations which triggered the free-floating fear to
enter the psyche. With the help of an experienced therapist, the client
is encouraged to work through these often suppressed emotions
linked with the trauma and to release the anxiety connected to this.
This is where the client can finally find freedom to move on from past
traumatizing events and to live their lives in a more authentic manner.
If you are suffering from insomnia, ceaseless worrying, sweating and
palpitations, abdominal discomfort, feelings of detachment or outside
of one’s body, dizziness, hopelessness, you may be suffering from