Anxiety on the rise, parents are making it worse and some GPs are signing them off as disabled to rot at home!
Anxiety in children and young adults is a growing concern. It generally starts out as a minor issue that’s laughable and easily brushed off, like not answering their phone to strangers or not wanting to speak to shop assistants and if not dealt with can easily end up with them not being able to leave the house due to panic attacks or nausea.
Anxiety is on the rise and GPs need to offer effective treatments or we end up with the next generation of children being pill popping, benefit claiming housebound recluses.
It’s a very sad fact and yet true, I’d say 70% of my client base usually comes looking for help with some kind of anxiety or other, whether it is Aviaphobia (fear of flying) and they just long to go on holiday or Agoraphobia when they long just to live a normal life and in recent years a worrying amount are now children brought by their parents.
Unfortunately a lot of GPs are falling short when dealing with Anxiety, children are missing school, taking medication, that leaves them feeling numb and yet they still can’t go out, missing out on critical social and academic learning. As they develop into young adults they are then signed off sick with anxiety, depression, agoraphobia or Ametaphobia and left to face a life on disability allowance, with the rest of the tax payers footing the bill.
So What is anxiety?
A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
So we all suffer from anxiety at some stage right? It’s a natural human response. How we deal with these thoughts in the first place is vitally important, anxiety can, if not handled correctly then manifest over a short period of time into:
- GAD (generalized anxiety disorder)
- Social anxiety disorder,
- Panic attacks,
- Phobias, such as Ametophobia or agoraphobia
Anxiety is very easily treated in the early stages; a simple worksheet with the facts, do’s and don’ts is all it takes to get on the right track again.
If the anxiety has already manifested itself into a GAD a couple of sessions of Cognitive behavioural therapy can stop it in its tracks or at least make it manageable. For people with serious anxiety disorders such as ameteophobia or agoraphobia a course of six session using hypnotherapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy and NLP can see them regain control of their lives and get back to work.
Unfortunately most Drs treat anxiety with medication, all this does is mask the problem, it’s like putting someone on painkillers forever instead of fixing a broken bone, it’s absurd.
If you would like some free information, or a fact sheet on Anxiety and steps you can take to treat it yourself please feel free to contact me.