Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy: Stress, anxiety could lead to dementia

Don’t worry – Experts say that chronic stress can wreak havoc on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and lead to atrophy of the brain’s hippocampus–crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation. Here’s something so that you start taking stress more seriously. People who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety may be at an increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, says a new study suggests. Experiencing anxiety, fear and stress is considered a normal part of life when it is occasional and temporary, such as feeling anxious and stressed before an exam or a job interview.

However, when those acute emotional reactions become more frequent or chronic, they can significantly interfere with daily living activities such as work, school and relationships, according to researchers at Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences in Canada. Chronic stress is a pathological state that is caused by prolonged activation of the normal acute physiological stress response, which can wreak havoc on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and lead to atrophy of the brain’s hippocampus –crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation. Researchers examined recent evidence from studies of stress and fear conditioning in animal models, and neuroimaging studies of stress and anxiety in healthy individuals and in clinical populations. They looked specifically at key structures in the neurocircuitry of fear and anxiety (amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, hippocampus) which are impacted during exposure to chronic stress.

The researchers noted similar patterns of abnormal brain activity with fear/anxiety and chronic stress — specifically an overactive amygdala (associated with emotional responses) and an under-active PFC (thinking areas of the brain […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Disease, Exam stress, Job Interview, Latest News, Lifestyle, Stress, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Don’t worry, be happy

What can I do for you?

What can I do for you?

My practice has been built upon the basis of a duty of care towards my clients and always giving helpful advice and guidance on the various issues. I pride myself in offering a caring and compassionate treatment to all. I have experience in treating the terminally ill as well as the more able and younger adults. All patients receive a factual and informed treatment.

My specialist areas are as follows:-

Stress and Anxiety – Alone these are bad enough, but combined with the two issues above, they go to trigger events. These can be IBS, OCD, PTSD but also breathing difficulties and Hyperhydrosis etc. I have a treatment plan that includes the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis to assist you, in you, addressing your stressors and removing your anxiety and resulting in the eradication of both from your life. Giving you the life you really want.

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome as a sufferer in ‘remission’ I can still hark back to the 22 years I had IBS. Its destructive nature and life controlling ways for the patient and their family. I’m now free from IBS and have been for a number of years. I can now help you free yourself of the nightmare that is IBS. I have worked with Michael Mahoney, MDHthp. I have studied under Mike and follow his proven program to treat IBS. I am currently combining my experiences and advice into what is hoped to be a book for release early next year. Read My IBS story and spot the similarities between my experiences and yours – click here You will know instantly I really do know how you feel.

Hypertension – High blood pressure. Your blood pressure is […]

Personality may influence irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Personality may influence irritable bowel syndrome

People who experience high levels of stress and anxiety appear to be more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) following a severe gastric infection, UK and New Zealand researchers report

A variety of studies have suggested that the cause of IBD has psychological and behavioral components, Dr. Rona Moss-Morris of the University of Southampton and Dr. Meagan J. Spence of the University of Auckland point out in the medical journal Gut.
“This study shows that various psychological factors, particularly stress, anxiety and a tendency to push oneself to keep going when ill and then collapse in response, interact with the physical illness in causing IBS,” Moss-Morris told Reuters Health.
In their study, the researchers looked at 620 patients who tested positive for stomach inflammation from a bout of infection with a bug called Campylobacter. None of the participants had previously suffered from IBS or serious bowel conditions.
The subjects completed a questionnaire, covering aspects of personality and their behavior at the time of the initial infection. They were then checked 3 and 6 months later to see if they had developed IBS. The researcher found that 49 of the patients had the condition at both follow-up points.

Depression and perfectionism were not significantly associated with the onset of IBS. However, a variety of other factors were.

These included significantly higher levels of perceived stress and anxiety. IBS patients were also significantly less likely to rest in the face of their illness, and exhibited “all-or-nothing” behavior by continuing their activities despite their symptoms until they were forced to stop.

These patients were prone to view illness in a particularly pessimistic fashion. Being female was also an important risk factor.
The UK author of an accompanying […]

By |September 23rd, 2008|Anxiety, Depression, Hypnotherapy, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome, Stress|Comments Off on Personality may influence irritable bowel syndrome

Gut Feelings: The Mind-Body Connection

Gut Feelings

Gut Feelings: The Mind-Body Connection

If you’ve ever felt your insides twist in knots before a big speech, you know the stomach listens carefully to the brain. In fact, the entire digestive system is closely tuned to a person’s emotions and state of mind, says William E. Whitehead, PhD, a professor of medicine and an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina. People with irritable bowel syndrome often suffer flare-ups during times of stress and anxiety, and even perfectly healthy people can worry their way to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or other problems. Even if a doctor can’t find anything physically wrong, the misery is real.

In the past
Back when scientists believed the mind and the body operated as separate entities — some physicians wrote off digestive distress with no sign of organic disease as being “all in the head.” But in recent years, that wall has crumbled. Doctors now see intricate links between the nervous system and the digestive system. The two realms constantly exchange streams of chemical and electrical messages, and anything that affects one is likely to affect the other. The connections between the two systems are so tight that scientists often refer to them as one entity: the brain-gut axis. (The brain-gut axis is a hot topic in medicine. In the summer of 2001, more than 100 researchers from around the world gathered in Los Angeles for a convention called “2001: A Brain-Gut Odyssey.”) For people suffering from persistent digestive troubles unconnected to disease, such research suggests that reducing stress, depression, and anxiety may go a long way toward calming the gut.

Listening to your gut
It may surprise many people to learn that the gut actually contains […]

HypnoFix an Introduction

HypnoFix an Introduction

Who am I?

My name is Phil Green Dip.H, MNCH(Reg.),LAPHP,LHS, and I am a practising Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am a graduate of The Central England College Of Clinical Hypnosis, Voted – Association for Professional Hypnosis and

Psychotherapy (APHP) Training School of the Year 2009 .

I currently hold The Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (Dip.H)

I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy and UKCHO Registered Reg No. 82684 and also a registrant of the UK Register of IBS therapists and the Hypnotherapists Register

I believe that continuous development should play a major part in giving my patients the best treatment possible so CPD is followed with vigor. The latest technology also assists me in delivering a Safe, Professional and efficient service to my Clients.

My practice has been built upon the basis of a duty of care towards my Clients and always giving helpful advice and guidance on the various issues. I pride myself in offering a caring and compassionate treatment to all. I have experience in treating the terminally ill as well as the more able and younger adults. All patients receive a factual and informed treatment.

My specialist areas are as follows:-

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome as […]

By |November 30th, 2007|About Me, Hypnotherapy|Comments Off on HypnoFix an Introduction