Do you feel as if
there is a battle
going on inside of
you and you have
no control...?

Coping, Not Coping, Anxiety & Anxiety Disorders

Coping, Not Coping, Anxiety & Anxiety Disorders 

Hypnotherapy is "The Ultimate Stress Management Tool" 

As mentioned previously, three biases that influence a persons ability to cope with stressful situations are:  
  1.  The expected outcome 
  2.  The person's "self-efficacy" beliefs (or self-beliefs) 
  3.  Past experiences 
This is good news, because all three of these biases can be worked on through therapy.   Now, let's look at some definitions relating to coping, not coping, anxiety and anxiety disorders. 

Coping = Postive Response Outcome Expectancy

Coping = Positive Response Outcome Expectancy.  When you are ‘coping’ you will feel as if you have some control, the feelings are positive, and there is generally low arousal.  Basically, you expect the consequences of a specific action / behavior to have a positive outcome.  

Stress = Not Coping

So if “COPING = Positive Expectations”, then I guess it would be fair to say that NOT COPING = NEGATIVE EXPECTATIONS.  In other words, if you are not coping, that you probably have negative expectation about the consequences of your actions / behaviors, or perhaps you may feel you have little control over the outcomes.  Either way, your experience may include negative feelings, and there will probably be higher levels of arousal than when you are coping.   It is important to note that stress is not the same as anxiety.  


Anxiety refers to a fear, nervousness, apprehension or worry about something, such as an upcoming event or situation, that is ambiguous and you can’t be sure of the outcome.  Often anxiety is accompanied by a vague unpleasant feeling the "something bad is going to happen…" Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can lead to panic attacks which can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.  

Anxiety itself is a very normal emotion. Everyone gets anxious at some point. But just because you are anxious, nervous or worried, DOES NOT mean that you have a disorder or that you need professional help!  

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, are really quite common. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) around 15% of people will suffer from a panic disorder at some time of their lives. Almost twice as many women, than men, have anxiety disorders. So take heart, if you have an anxiety disorder, then you are not alone!  

There are several different anxiety conditions, but I’m not going to go into all of them. If you would like more information on types of anxiety disorders, please click here for a Youth BeyondBlue fact sheet.  Remember, it is important that you do not diagnose yourself.  You would need to see a GP or psychologist for that.  

The following information is designed as "self-help", it is not designed to replace therapy.  If you are suffering from personal distress, please seek the help of someone qualified to assist you.   Next, I am going to talk about panic attacks, common triggers, the fight or flight response, and core beliefs that feed and maintain anxiety and anxiety conditions.  

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