Evidence-Based Clinical EFT for Anxiety and Panic Attacks
There are many external factors that exist today that can cause a person a lot of stress and anxiety. Some of those factors would include regular stress from work or school. Personal relationships may be strained, as well as financial uncertainty. What can be done if someone says take a chill pill, but they do not know a person’s daily trials and tribulations? This article will look at evidence-based clinical EFT for anxiety and panic attacks.
Anxiety – What Causes It?
Bankrate.com recently conducted a survey where they found that 1 in 4 American adults had not rebounded since the recession of 2007. That means that they have not seen any significant Improvement in their financial standings for over a decade.
How can this happen when the Nightly News highlights booming growth and companies trying to keep up with hiring to meet demand? This also includes home values that have not increased along with growing debt. It is more than enough ammunition to raise levels of anxiety and stress.
Can the Emotional Freedom Technique Improve Physiological Symptoms Related to Anxiety?
There has been numerous evidence-based research highlighting how the emotional freedom technique can help with anxiety. While the studies have proven that the technique if successful, researchers in this study wanted to measure the physiological effects of this treatment that could compound the success rate EFT.
During these workshops, the goal was to provide comprehensive physiological examinations where improvements were made in the areas of rapid heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. If they can be improved, can they be sustained over a long period of time?
Cognitive Behavioral Technique vs. Emotional Freedom Technique
The first study examined patients that received emotional freedom techniques to combat anxiety and stress over a five-year period. This research was also conducted over eleven clinics during the same time frame. The patients in these studies had either received cognitive behavioral therapy with medication and if it was necessary.
The second group had only received tapping techniques on the acupressure points. Those that received tapping instruction did not have any suggestions for additional medication. Researchers found that the improvement rate for those that received tapping instruction was over ninety percent successful while their counterparts only receive over sixty percent positive results.
While both treatments were successful, the tapping had proven to provide greater efficiency especially during the follow-up that was conducted twelve months later.
EFT Tapping to Improve Heart Rate in Anxiety Sufferers
While the previous studies have proven fruitful, researchers were increasingly interested in seeing if the emotional freedom technique could benefit physiological issues like improving heart rate and circulatory system assessment. Not only did the decreases in anxiety occur, but blood pressure and the resting heart rate were also able to boost the circulatory system while a patient had undergone multiple emotional freedom technique sessions.
This was conducted during six sessions along with a follow-up session that was to be conducted the following year. All physiological stats were compiled using the Wilcoxon Rank Test which measured cortisol, heart rate along with overall blood pressure.
EFT Tapping for Driving Anxiety
Can EFT tapping be used for a patient that refuses to get behind the wheel of a car after being in an accident? This 54-year-old woman had previously been in a car accident while her daughter was in the car. Since it was raining, her car hydroplaned and hit a semi-trailer. After her car hit the semi-trailer, it was hit by another car before it finally crashed into a tree.
For over two months, this candidate had trouble falling asleep every night because she would relive this hyper-anxious moment. While sleeping, she would also get pain in her mouth for clenching her jaw so tightly. It was recommended that she get over her fear, she must begin driving immediately, but to no avail. The difficulty breathing and feeling unsettled would not go away.
She was open to using the emotional freedom technique since she had successfully used it before to overcome craving snacks in the past. Per session lasted for 5 concurrent weeks. The last session was conducted 3 weeks after the 5th week and each session lasted between an hour and an hour and a half.
In addition to her emotional freedom technique session, she was also given the suggestion to write a story about her car accident and to record any feelings of helplessness that may have occurred during the initial incident. If she felt any negative feelings, she was instructed to continue EFT tapping while she was at home.
The patient started feeling better after the second hourly session. Her levels of anxiety and stress had continued to improve along with a boost in confidence to get behind the wheel once again. She had a commitment to stay vigilant and facing her fears in any future events that may occur.