With anxiety which can easily become episodes of panic, it's vital to be prepared to take a multi-faceted approach.
Many professionals use and suggest Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). I use it with clients but it's an approach that must be augmented with hypnosis, training in mindfulness and other forms of meditation. CBT assumes that anxiety is about feeling agitated and afraid based on a failure to really understand that there's nothing to fear. Many people realise the irrationality of their fear-filled feelings. That cognition doesn't rid them of the feelings.
You have to examine your own agency in the cycle of anxiety and panic. For example, let's say that you have panic attacks in a lift - to the point where you now avoid taking the elevator or lift. You have to rehearse that panic. In the sense that you now just think "oh no. I have to take the lift". That thought makes you anticipate that you'll feel panicky again in that lift. Of course. You felt terrified in the lift on the last three occasions. You're absolutely certain you'll be gripped with terror again.
And guess what? You are. Filled with terror, again.
The mere thought and memory of past episodes of panic sets you up to feel it again. That panic cycle can be broken. You can work to develop your inner store of calm through meditation and other practices. You can use CBT to examine your role in that cycle and you can use hypnosis to connect with and use your strengths to solve your problems. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and other forms of energy psychology are a great complement to more conventional approaches. You may want to try them because for many people, conventional psychology has not helped. EFT is often called psychological acupuncture because it's based on the principles of acupuncture. Not so long ago, we scorned acupuncture which is now taught as an option in medical courses.
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