It’s always scary moving to a new place, going to a new school, meeting new people and starting a new path in life; so, it’s no surprise that many students who are embarking on their first year at university this year experience lots of anxiety. If you already have an anxiety disorder then a big life change such as going to university can exaggerate your feelings, or it can even trigger an anxiety disorder that you didn’t know you had.
There are a variety of different types of anxiety which you can experience, and they will usually fall under one of the following categories:
Generalised anxiety disorder
General anxiety disorder is also known as GAD and is characterised by an individual spending at least six months worrying excessively about normal everyday problems such as family, money and health. GAD sufferers often anticipate tragedy in all aspects of life.
People who are suddenly struck by feelings of terror suffer from a panic disorder. A common symptom is panic attacks, however those who suffer from a panic disorder don’t always suffer panic attacks.
Social anxiety disorder
Also known as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations often causing the person to become withdrawn.
For some, this anxiety can be truly crushing and can even cause students to decline their place and not go to university at all. The fear of doing something should never get in the way of you living your life, and that is why hypnotherapy is a great tool for those who suffer from anxiety, no matter what the cause.
Hypnotherapy is quickly becoming a more recognised method of treating and coping with anxiety and through one or more sessions your hypnotherapist will communicate with your subconscious by putting you into a trance-like state and getting to the root and cause of your feelings of anxiety. As well as trying to establish the cause of your anxiety your hypnotherapist will also work with your subconscious to change how you behave and react to the triggers of your anxiety.
After your hypnotherapy sessions, your hypnotherapist will also teach you a series of self-hypnosis techniques which can be used in a real-life setting when your anxieties start to creep back in, or when you anticipate a trigger for your anxiety.
No matter whether going to university triggers anxiety in you because you have social anxiety about being around new people, whether you are scared on being alone in a new place and have generalised anxiety disorder, or you are unsure of how to cope at university with panic attacks, hypnotherapy can provide the tools you need to have a happy and healthy educational experience.