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Article by Christopher Semmens

The underlying cause of symptoms


A significant minority of the population suffers from anxiety and panic and though some seek treatment for the problem, the vast majority live with symptoms that are often debilitating and life limiting.

Often the presenting symptoms can be a result of underlying life issues that, if left unresolved, can accelerate the symptoms of the problem.

But how do you know what's causing your distress?

Ask yourself these questions: Has there been any significant loss in your life? Any significant trauma? Any significant disruption?

If your answer is yes to any of these and you are suffering emotional distress, chances are that your underlying issues can be the cause of your symptoms and by addressing the cause, you can resolve the problem and enjoy a happier, more fulfilled life.

Anxiety symptoms present themselves in all sorts of ways; individuals have different vulnerabilities. For some, anxiety presents as excessive sweating or racing heart beat while others experience stomach problems or headaches, even panic. These symptoms arrive seemingly unannounced but the key is to recognise the triggers and get to the bottom of the cause.

Write down your triggers and notice when they occur. Can you remember when your anxiety response was first triggered? Can you remember what happened at that time? This information can be very useful in ascertaining why your emotional distress persists. It is not uncommon for a traumatic life experience to be at the bottom of the problem.

With this information in hand, take yourself along to your general practitioner for a referral to a mental health care professional for assistance in resolving this or these issues.

The federal government's better access to mental health initiative offers a programme where, with a patient mental health care plan referral from a GP, you can claim a substantial medicare rebate for up to ten counselling sessions with a general or clinical psychologist over the course of a year.

Psychology has progressed in leaps and bounds over the years and there are now some very effective and efficient techniques that psychologists have at their fingertips to help you to get over your distress in a relatively quick and painless way.

Taking a top down, bottom up approach is one that Perth based clinical psychologist Christopher Semmens advocates. A specialist in the areas of anxiety, traumatic stress and chronic pain management, he uses a multi-modal approach to therapy including CBT, the dominant approach in psychology along with a raft of other effective techniques.

While he offers strategies including mindfulness excercises and hypnosis inductions to sooth and calm the symptoms, Chris works as a good detective would to ascertain the cause of your problem, most often introducing a technique called thought field therapy that can in most cases though not all, very rapidly resolve the distress from unresolved life issues, that form the triggers of your symptoms.

 

25 Aug 2011

Article/Information supplied by Christopher Semmens

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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