Six Interventions for Anxiety: Somatic Training, Affect Regulation, and Mental Health

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Brewster, Stephen
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This thesis analyses aspects of Anxiety and Depression which are two of the most serious mental health challenges. Anxiety is rendered in upper case as A and lower case as a, to indicate both generic and specific uses of the term. The paper proposes a treatment protocol of a suite of six somatic interventions for Anxiety. Each technique produces beneficial therapeutic results: calming of anxiety, reduction of arousal, and affect regulation. Reducing anxiety is predicted to lower the incidence of a sequel disorder, Depression. The paper reviews pertinent recent literature on Anxiety, the etiology of the disorder, comorbidity with Depression, and relaxation interventions. The paper includes a historical review of neurotic anxiety. It presents evidence that chronic anxiety becomes comorbid with Depression and then increases adoption of avoidant and maladaptive lifestyles. The treatment suite is designed to be performed in a twelve minute sitting. Enhanced mental health is predicted as a consequence of somatic learning and practice. Improved self regulation of affect is an intended and predicted outcome by the literature. Mental health literacy will improve as a consequence of guided somatic experiences.
anxiety , depression , avoidant , maladaptive , treatment , somatic learning , self regulation , mental health literacy
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