|Anxiety and EFT
This last month has been the month of clearing anxiety. I have had more requests for
working with this issue than I can ever recall. I believe the reasons are varied but
include the complexity of our high levels of stress-producing global issues such as the
economy and the fact that more and more research proves EFT's efficacy in healing
anxiety. There are five types of anxiety disorders ranging from Generalized Anxiety
Disorder to PTSD. The first step to take if you find you have one of these conditions is to
contact your doctor or therapist.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) most often has an unknown cause, but I find that
extremely stressful life events that trigger it. Most people with GAD say they remember
being anxious children. It occurs more often in women than in men. Symptoms include
constant uncontrollable worry out of proportion to the situation. Fatigue, muscle
tension, feeling on "edge", sleep troubles, irritability, shortness of breath, stomach
problems, heart racing, and sweating are among the most common complaints.
Link to colorized brain scans of EFT versus traditional talk therapy
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder is experienced as intense fear that happens without warning of any kind.
For my clients that have had these attacks they explain that the most frightening aspect
of this condition is that unpredictable sudden feeling can happen anytime anywhere. I
usually spend a lot of session time removing this fear of "it can happen again when I
least expect it". This is what I've called the "fear of the fear".
Many people describe panic attacks as feeling that they are having a heart attack. The
most common complaints are dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, or upset stomach.
The overall sense is that something awful is going to happen. Link to research listing
panic disorder as one of the disorders that can be healed by EFT
Social Anxiety is a worry, concern, and/or discomfort about being in social settings. What
is most interesting about this disorder is that it is part of a normal childhood
development phase that most children grow out of. People experience this fear to vastly
differing degrees. It can be something very simple to overcome on one's own or can
become a debilitating condition that can greatly limit one's ability to live an expansive
joyful life. I find that many of my clients that have chronic illness or disease suffer from
social anxiety and that it can become a subconscious reason for not getting better. Link
to EFT research and social anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often shows up as obsessive and recurring thoughts
and/or actions. These cycles can interfere with your quality of life. Washing hands over
and over again, checking whether you've locked the door at night 10 times, or
checking your stove to make sure you've turned it off again and again are good examples
Daily rituals are a mainstay for many with OCD and do ease the tension albeit
temporarily. Sometimes it's caused by a traumatic event such as abuse but I find that it
can be caused by a general feeling of loss of control. One form of OCD I have worked
extensively with is compulsive hoarding.
Article on compulsive hoarding
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) happens after a particular event or series of
events. This event or events caused you to feel extreme danger, such as sexual assaults,
accidents, and natural disasters. That event that caused the PTSD may be re-lived over
and over again as a vivid memory. One significant symptom is withdrawing from other
people including people you are close to who can actually help you . Sleep problems,
being startled easily, emotional detachment, or feeling numb are also common struggles.
Link to research on PTSD on combat war veterans and those results presented to
Post-traumatic stress disorder