Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe
Anxiety can happen for a reason, or feelings of anxiety can happen at random. In fact, it is often noted that anxiety is an innate response left over from the days of our ancestors, when a sensation of worry or fear might help sharpen your senses in the presence of a predator or other life-threatening danger. And it has recently been argued that in modern society, our body’s anxiety responses can still be helpful to us — in times of stress we pump out hormones that let us respond to a challenging event and encourage us to reach out and seek help, and bond with others.
Experts understand that some level of anxiety is perfectly normal. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, and all sorts of things can make people anxious. Medical tests, examinations and job interviews can be worrying and cause anxiety. Typically the feeling will pass when the specific event is over.
However, sometimes people can find it hard to control their worries. For these people, their feelings of anxiety are more constant or more severe and can affect every aspect of their daily life. Sometimes they become anxious in situations that are not usually considered stressful (such as everyday social settings), or they worry about the possibility of something happening rather than a real event (like a constant sense of doom or disaster). In other cases, a sense of panic can arise without a recognisable trigger. In all of these instances, an individual may be considered to have an anxiety disorder — a diagnosable condition that can also be treated or managed successfully to help you navigate everyday life without worry.
Anxiety disorders include many underlying disorders and phobias, such as:
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety disorder
- Specific phobias
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Racing thoughts
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Fatigue, sweating or shaking
Trauma and Anxiety
If you have experienced trauma in the past, the feelings of fear, stress or worry that you felt at the time of your experience can be retriggered by situations that are similar to or remind you of your trauma. These are commonly situations that others would not find anxiety-provoking, leading to anxiety that would be considered a form of anxiety disorder. It’s common for anxiety disorders to manifest a symptom of trauma for this reason. Levels of anxiety can become tormenting, highly destructive and destabilising, especially when the triggers for your anxiety are everyday occurrences.
For example, a traumatic car accident could mean that an individual is triggered by driving or riding in a moving vehicle. Or, a home robbery or break-in could make it hard for an individual to feel safe in their own house. Being in a car or sleeping peacefully in your own bed are simple, unavoidable facts of everyday life that seem benign to someone with no history of trauma. But for trauma survivors, they can leave the nervous system overstimulated and flooded, making each day a challenge to get through.
Treatment for Anxiety
If you are feeling trapped, frustrated or helpless due to anxiety, you don’t need to give up hope. Treatment facilities like Khiron House make it possible for you to find healthy ways to cope with your trauma and to live your life without limits. We provide residential and outpatient program for individuals who are in need of treatment for their anxiety, or for other concerns that have arisen as a response to a traumatic experience.
Khiron House provides innovative treatments and therapies that are designed to restore the nervous system and get you back to feeling confident and fully alive. We do not focus on your diagnosis, and we do not rely on medical interventions to “fix” you. We are instead attentive to the capabilities of your mind and body, and we want to help you find the strength within yourself to establish new patterns of thinking that are healthier and more productive. We know that every person processes trauma differently, so we don’t adhere to a single treatment approach for everyone. Rather, we offer an array of therapies so that each client can find their best path forward. Some of the methods we use include:
- Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Somatic equine therapy
- Art therapy
- Nutritional therapy
- Family therapy
- 12-step groups
These therapies, offered in a safe and comfortable setting, provide outlets for our clients to access their trauma without worry. In our programmes, you learn to acknowledge your experiences as a part of yourself and accept the person that you are without shame, fear or sadness. We can help you discover ways to control your anxiety in your everyday life, so that you are equipped to face your triggers or deal with feelings of panic in a healthy way, instead of feeling unable to live your life or continue with your day.
Contact Khiron House
Khiron House treats men and women who are dealing with the negative impacts of traumatic experiences. We are able to help individuals whose trauma has caused patterns of behaviour including anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviours, relationship issues or substance abuse. We offer therapies in both residential and outpatient settings.
Our treatment centres are located in London and Oxfordshire, England. We welcome clients from across the United Kingdom and from all walks of life around the world: in the seven years since our beginning, we have treated individuals from seventeen different countries. We are proud of our welcoming and compassionate community, and we are ready to welcome you if you are ready to begin your journey back to health.
Contact us today to learn more about our admissions process and our anxiety treatments. Fill out our online form or call us in the UK on 020 3668 1606 and in the US on 866-801-6184.