HOW TO MANAGE ANXIETY BY A THERAPIST WHO EXPERIENCED PANIC ATTACKS
It is estimated that one in four people will experience a mental health issue each year and almost five per cent of people will experience anxiety.
There is also widespread thought that, as a generation, we are more anxious than ever. In the press, this has been dubbed an ‘anxiety epidemic’ and over the past year there has been a 35 per cent increase in young people making calls to helplines about anxiety.
Chloe Brotheridge, a clinical hypnotherapist who specialises in counselling people with anxiety, has used this background combined with her own experience combatting her debilitating anxiety to come up with a solution in how to manage the condition.
Brotheridge first started having panic attacks at 15-years-old, she only received counselling for anxiety ten years later at 25-years-old.
“Panic attacks are pretty scary; I thought I was having a heart attack and dying, having no idea what was happening to me. After having the first panic attack I felt very unsafe in my own body, fearing that I could lose control at any moment. It wasn’t until ten years later, at 25, that I got counselling. A mixture of therapy,self-hypnosis (at 25 I trained as a hypnotherapist), meditation and learning how to take care of myself made a huge difference. Learning that anxiety was normal and I didn’t have to feel ashamed was a huge step for me.”