Response to danger is fast and automatic and that protects us. It happens before our conscious mind is even aware. Danger signals go directly from our eye to our brainstem and instantly activate the fight or flight response. Where someone has suffered some sort of trauma in the past you are even more alert to danger.
Many of you probably saw the news where a Greenpeace activist rushed into a UK Conservative Party function recently. A man who automatically went into protection mode stopped her and marched her out of the room. While many rushed to attack him for so called “toxic masculinity” (which is a rubbish concept) he said he had no idea why he acted this way. Of course, it was fast and automatic. In this day and age of eggs and milkshakes being thrown at political leaders she could be seen as a clear and present danger.
Our brain stem is the part of our brain responsible for us becoming anxious.
It is also the very first part of our brain that develops as we grow for the 9 months before our birth and we do register trauma in our developing brains
And the brainstem is where our memories are catalogued before they can be filed. Unfiled memories hang around as anxieties, bad dreams and triggers for anger.
It is not possible to fix this with top of our brain downwards logical talk therapy. Too much talk or cognitive therapy just brings up those unwanted memories and re-traumatises the person.
I use a deeply relaxed bottom-up approach to treating anxiety because all stress, and anxiety and other emotions are held in our bodies not in our conscious minds
My commitment is to help you escape from anxiety. That way you become safe. You can allow most danger signals to be consciously evaluated before responding although if you stop and think for a moment, you can all remember times when you suddenly reacted and saw why later.
If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, please just come and see me. You need to sort it out. Stress and anxiety is so harmful to your immune system and most illness, autoimmune disease and cancer is preceded by serious and/or prolonged stress. Add weight problems to the list as well!
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