Anxiety

Anxiety is often a normal response to feeling stressed, starting a new job, going for an interview, public speaking, meeting new people, or going into new situations. Once the situation is over our anxiety level subside our butterflies settle down, heart rate goes back to normal. However, sometimes our anxiety can take over our bodies and thoughts feel out of control.

 

 

 

Our thinking patterns go into overdrive, we catastrophes the situation leaving you feeling like something awful may happen or anticipating the worst-case scenario in any given situation.

 

Anxiety can seriously interfere with your day-to-day function, and take a heavy toll on your personal relationships, career, and ability to enjoy life if left untreated. Anxiety symptoms may also co-occur with depression.

Common physical symptoms of anxiety and panic:

  • Muscle tension

  • Easily startled

  • Restlessness

  • Irritability

  • Elevated breathing and heart rate

  • Hot flushes and/or cold chills

  • Trembling

  • Feeling dizzy or faint

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Excessive sweating

  • Chest and abdominal pains

Different Types of Anxiety Disorders include:

  •  Generalised Anxiety — worrying almost every day, this stress can also have taxing physical symptoms, affecting concentration and sleeping habits.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder — characterised by ongoing, intrusive thoughts and fears (obsessions) that result in compulsions that – in the short term only – help reduce distress

  • Post-Traumatic-Stress — bursts of panic or distress brought on in the aftermath of a traumatic event such as experiencing a death, injury or abuse.

  • Panic Disorder — chronic but less severe

  • Phobia — an exaggerated fear of an object of activity that in reality presents little to no danger; this includes issues such as social phobia

Counselling can assist you with effective evidence-based therapy to get symptoms under control, to self-soothe and to understand what may be triggering the anxiety.

Often depression goes hand in hand with anxiety. Sometimes you become depressed because of the anxiety, this is understandable. If this is the case we work to ease both anxiety and depression.

 

A number of different strategies can be used to assist

you to develop healthy ways to cope.

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