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What is Anxiety?

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a very primitive response pattern to external situations

Anxiety is nothing more than a feeling of apprehension and uncertainty. Some is normal and healthy, but continuous worry, however, is not. As is the case with Depression and Anger, Anxiety can best be described in terms of brain function, and it is with this in mind that Changes Welcome practitioners can significantly help people with this issue using a scientific understanding of how the brain works with specialist psychotherapeutic techniques.

This extends to other stimuli, and in particular to actual or perceived danger. This response certainly has its uses in the light of actual near and present danger. Anxiety is effectively a fear type response, and we all know about fear. Fear is felt by every animal and human alive under the right circumstances, and it’s a good response. It helps us run away from danger. It keeps us alive. The problem occurs when the response to anxious or fearful feeling gets “out of control” and is felt when it’s not required.

There are two parts of the brain most closely associated with anxiety

These are the Amygdala and the Hippocampus. Both areas are part of our original primitive brain and are essential to survival as they allow us to be alert and react quickly to danger. Whether or not the danger is actually life-threatening, or in fact an accumulation of low risk events, the response when activated is the same.
The Amygdala and Anxiety

Also referred to as the fight, flight area of the brain (this should include ‘freeze’), when our brain picks up on something potentially dangerous, the Amygdala takes note of all possible threats and also stores this information for future reference. You become anxious and scared before you even realise what has triggered it, and that trigger might have been recalled from a previous event or accumulation of events.

The Hippocampus and Anxiety

What is AnxietyThe Hippocampus holds of our sometimes inappropriate behavioral patterns and responses, and can perhaps best be described as a blueprint for how we react in a certain given situation or set of circumstances.
It most definitely has its place in man kind’s evolution as a sort of heightened state of alert, and is also referred to as a fight or flight response. When we are faced with danger this response kicks in.
Panic attacks can be described as a form anxiety overload. People may become more sensitive to triggers based on a number of factors such as personality or general level of stress at the time. This explains why a person may suddenly be unable to cope with situations, which they have routinely dealt with previously.

In order to cope well in life and keep anxiety levels to a minimum, we need to operate from the part of the brain, which is able to come up with well-balanced intellectual assessment of our circumstances. Then we are able to react appropriately to our surroundings. We function well and we do not negatively over-react to our environment. We are capable of making good decisions, and remaining in control. And this is where our practitioners’ skill can be extremely effective in helping you to do better in life.

So, what is anxiety good for?

A heightened level of anxiety may well be an appropriate response in certain circumstances, where we do not have time to make a full and proper assessment of what is going on. This is easily explained when there is a real threat to life. In this situation we may not have time to sit down and weight up the pros and cons, and intellectually determine the best course of action. This may well take too long. So, we can be glad that we do have an override system to get us out of danger quickly. It is sometimes better to trust our instincts.

What is anxiety bad for?

As our level of anxiety or stress increases, then our intellectual control will diminish leading ultimately to a constant state of panic. As this happens, and our thoughts become increasingly dictated by the primitive brain, we will effectively add to the problem by raising our vigilance as we scan our environment for further sources of danger. Associations and templates are then created, which go some way to explaining how phobic responses are created.

How can Changes Welcome help?

Many member practitioners are specially trained and adeptly skilled at helping people to regain intellectual control and thinking from the correct part of their brains. They have a number of techniques and follow proven processes to help you out of that negative cycle of anxiety and worry, towards a life with more self-control, confidence, and ability to cope with the trials and tribulations that life can throw our way.

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