High Functioning Anxiety

One of the issues I see plenty of here in my Aberdeen clinic is High Functioning Anxiety. The oil and gas downturn in the local area has created a significant amount of stress and anxiety, which sets the scene for this type of anxiety disorder.

It’s a condition that can affect anyone, no matter what your background or job situation. It’s also one that often goes untreated for some time, largely because the very nature of High Functioning Anxiety means that it’s not always fully recognised by sufferers themselves.

Here’s what to know about High Functioning Anxiety and whether you (or someone you know) could be experiencing it.

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5-HTP: Can It Help With Depression?

5-HTP is one of the supplements that has been gaining popularity in recent years, especially as a way to boost serotonin levels. In this blog post, I’m looking at the evidence behind 5-HTP and whether it’s a good bet for treating depression and other health problems.

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Mental Health and Loneliness At Christmas and New Year

We often think of Christmas and New Year as being one of the most joyful times of the year but for some people, it can be one of the loneliest. It can also be a period that triggers anxiety and other mental health conditions. There are so many expectations attached to the festive period, many of which can be a tipping point. Research from MIND suggests that as many as 1 in 10 of us struggle to cope at this time of year and this figure is higher for people who currently have a mental health problem.

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What is PTSD and How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

I read this story recently on BBC that got me thinking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it’s often perceived.

For a lot of people, it conjures up images of war veterans who have seen active combat and are traumatised by their experiences. Being involved in military combat is one of the events that can trigger PTSD but you don’t need to have been in the army to be affected by it.

Christmas can be a tough time for anyone struggling with PTSD, with a lot of pressure to act “normal” and happy.

In this blog post, I’m looking at what is involved with PTSD, the events that can trigger it and how hypnotherapy can help to overcome it.

Who can be affected?

While we strongly associate PTSD with having spent time in a warzone, it can affect anyone who has been involved in a traumatic event or witnessed one.

Some of the things that can trigger PTSD include being involved in a serious car accident, being assaulted (including sexual assault), experiencing abuse (physical, emotional or sexual abuse, especially long term abuse), witnessing a violent death, being caught up in a natural disaster, being the victim of a terrorist attack and being diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening health condition.

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Sam Luxford DHP HPD GQHP SFBT Sup (Hyp) MNCH(Reg) CNHC

Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapy Supervisor Solution Focused SFBT

4 Northcote Hill, Aberdeen AB15 7TW
(Moved from Airyhall Rd)

07867 936505

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