According to the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology & Counselling (second edition) “Anxiety is psychologically experienced as a combination of looming dread or impending danger and a vague uneasiness. There are also associated symptoms of mild agitation, racing thoughts, impaired sleep, and difficulty in calming oneself. There are parallel physiological experiences of sustained muscle tension and/or trembling, increased heart rate, and disturbed breathing – either hyperventilation (i.e., breathing too fast ) or as a tendency to hold one’s breath. These characteristics produce a sense of heightened awareness or alertness that frequently disturbs concentration, memory, and a person’s ability to feel emotionally comfortable.” This technical definition simply tells us that anxiety feels really bad and can impair our behaviour. Fear tends to be more specific than anxiety in the sense that I fear specific things or objects like snakes, heights, confined spaces, public speaking, etc.
Dr. Ed Smith from Transformation Prayer Ministries has coined a term “We feel whatever we believe” and this is very true when it comes to anxiety and fear. Many people suffer unnecessarily with all kinds of debilitating anxieties and fears that can be very easily resolved during a Skype session or sessions. Countless people have found victory over a myriad of fears by simply following the emotion to the root source and through the ministry resolved the belief that produced the anxiety. For example if someone suffers from a fear of small places and this fear was learned while being trapped in the wreckage of car, after a vehicle accident, it can easily be resolved. By using the fear the person will discover the memory container of the accident. Using both emotion and memory the belief can then be identified, for example; “I am trapped, and it is just a matter of time and I will suffocate and die” once the belief (or beliefs) producing the fear of enclosed places has been resolved the fear of small places will disappear. Anxiety and fear overlaps with many other psychological problems for example Depression. Some researchers like Lesse (1982) even developed a position that anxiety is the primary response to stress and leads to a continuum development of depression.
The Skype sessions offered will be very fruitful as a support network for those suffering from Panic Attacks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and if the panic attacks and PTSD does not have other deeper physiological components and are not the result or side effects of certain drugs and medication it might even be completely resolved after 1 or 2 Skype sessions. Depending on the severity of trauma and the individual’s motivation and strength to resolve the beliefs, driving their defences, used to keep the trauma contained, through denial and other coping strategies like suppression and dissociation more than 1 or 2 sessions might be required