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Anxiety

While anxiety can be a survival instinct and a useful tool, many individuals suffer with anxiety problems.

Fear is a response to a known threat, whereas worry is a feeling of apprehension in response to an unknown threat, both are normal responses.

Anxiety can be understood by excessive and irrational worry about everyday life that is disproportionate to the actual experience of life.

Panic Disorder can be understood by the reoccurrence of severe panic attacks. The causes and triggers to these attacks are varied and can often be linked with an underlying issue and/or further mental health problems.

Anxiety is understood by the core symptoms of fear and worry, decreased concentration, disturbed sleep, irritability, muscle tension, fatigue, and feelings of anxiety.

If a person has experienced a lasting period with prominent tension, worry and feelings of apprehension, about every-day events and problems. Some associated symptoms include the following:

  • Palpitations or accelerated heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Dry mouth

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Feeling of choking

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • Nausea or abdominal distress

  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, faint or light-headed

  • Feeling that objects or self are unreal

  • Fear of losing control or passing out

  • Fear of dying

  • Hot flushes or cold chills

  • Numbness or tingling sensations

  • Muscle tension or aches and pains

  • Restlessness and inability to relax

  • A sensation of a lump in the throat or difficulty swallowing

  • Exaggerated response to minor surprises or being startled

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Persistent irritability

  • Difficulty sleeping

 

The clear sign of a Panic Disorder involves having a series of intense episodes of extreme anxiety whilst having a panic attack. These attacks can last from 1 minute to 1 hour, although typically last for approximately ten minutes.

All individuals experience anxiety at times and can understand how negative anxiety can feel. Although there is this link between sufferers and non-sufferers, many have explained that there are false public understandings. Many think of high anxiety levels as irrational and unnecessary. It is important to acknowledge that sufferers cannot help the way they respond to day-to-day life and that many people suffer with acute symptoms which can result in unhappiness, avoidance and interference with everyday life.

One risk if left untreated is the worsening of symptoms and the development of other mental health problems. Anxiety and panic disorder are associated with significant impairment in occupation, interpersonal relationships and everyday functioning.

Even if it seems an anxiety disorder has become less strenuous, the course of the illness can often involve relapse. Individuals suffering with symptoms should seek help and should not delay treatment.

Psychotherapy has been found to be very useful in overcoming anxiety and panic disorder. This approach can focus on getting to the root of the cause, possible triggers and working with the psychologist to resolve the problem by developing and explores your thoughts, feelings and behaviour around everyday life and how this relates to anxiety.

Other psychological approaches can involve Mindfulness and learning relaxation techniques. This can help with personal awareness and the development of calming coping styles. Many people may benefit from one or a combination of such approaches.

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