Anxiety Bridge
Anxiety

About anxiety?

  • If we found ourselves in a field and we suddenly saw a bull charging towards us, we would have a huge surge of adrenaline (the fight or flight response). This adrenaline would give us the energy to run to the fence, climb over and escape the bull.

In this situation, this ‘fight or flight’ response is a good thing.

  • If, the next day, every time we thought about narrowly escaping the bull we felt a surge of adrenaline, this could become a problem.

If we kept replaying the incident in our heads and imagining what if the bull had caught us, if our heart rate quickened, our hands became sweaty, we felt nauseous or light-headed, this is anxiety.

We are no longer in a threatening situation. We don’t need the fight or flight’ response to help us escape.

Our imagination is playing tricks on us. Imagination is the key here.

Anxiety and the ‘fight or flight’ response.

If we found ourselves in a field and we suddenly saw a bull charging towards us, we would have a huge surge of adrenaline (the ‘fight or flight’ response). This adrenaline would give us the energy to run to the fence, climb over and escape the bull.

In this situation, this ‘fight or flight’ response is a good thing.

If, the next day, every time we thought about narrowly escaping the bull we felt a surge of adrenaline, this could become a problem.

If we kept replaying the incident in our heads and imagining what if the bull had caught us, we may have anxiety symptoms - heart rate quickening, sweaty hands, feeling nauseous.

We are no longer in a threatening situation. We don’t need the ‘fight or flight’ response to help us escape.
Our imagination is playing tricks on us. Imagination is the key here.

Here is another situation.

Imagine being at home on your own late at night. You have been watching a horror movie. It has left you feeling scared and apprehensive.

You hear a sound at the window, you start to imagine all the potential things that could happen, and the ‘fight or flight’ response produces the symptoms of fear and anxiety.

Your imagination is playing tricks on you and you feel scared.

Now imagine you had been watching your favourite Walt Disney film. You feel that warm glow of contentment and are ready for bed and a restful sleep.

So what is the difference - Your imagination - when you are in the ‘fight or flight’ response your imagination can start playing tricks on you.

Anxiety is nothing more than a scary movie you are playing in your head, which you can change when you know what to do.

Is this your problem?

This is the age of the internet. Do you, as we all do, go and Google how to overcome your anxiety.

Do you find definition after definition of the fight or flight response and explanations of the different types of anxiety and lots of therapies with different  solutions.

Now, you have not only have anxiety, you have the problem of deciding what is the best therapy, the best advice.

A trip to the doctor often leads to a prescription for medication (which is not the answer you are looking for) or a long wait for cognitive therapy.

You want to overcome your anxiety now.

What do you do?

How do you work your way through all the information? Who do you trust? Who has your best interests at heart?

If yes is the answer.

The Anxiety Bridge is the right place.

You will find all the answers you need in one place?

A place where the research has already been done for you.

You will find clear,easy to understand explanations of the therapies and techniques and the therapies and techniques, which work best for different types of anxiety problems.