Anxiety is a generalized term used to describe several different and unique mental health disorders. These conditions can range from general anxiety, which is the most common, to panic disorders, fear of people or fear of places and events.
It is very normal and healthy to be anxious at some times in life. When people are having financial or work problems, challenges in their relationships or when they are facing a test or an obstacle in life it is natural to be uptight and even fearful. After the event or challenge has passed, these feelings should disappear rapidly, and they should not linger or transfer to something else life.
For some people, feelings of anxiety don’t go away. There are very specific symptoms that people need to understand can be linked to anxiety disorders. The more significant and debilitating these feelings or changes become the more important it will be to seek mental health treatment.
Signs of Concern
Different types of anxiety will have different specific symptoms or signs. However, as a general reference look for changes that include:
• Unrealistic worry – worrying about things out of your control or that are highly unlikely to occur is not healthy. People with different forms of anxiety tend to worry constantly about unlikely, impossible or illogical issues.
• Excessive and irrational fears – fear is normal, but it should not create panic, emotional stress and the inability to live your life. People with anxiety often have irrational fears they recognise are irrational, but they cannot stop feeling frightened.
• Insomnia – if fears and worries are preventing you from sleeping it is critical to seek help. By taking the opportunity to meet with a psychotherapist it will be easy to make your appointments and gain insight into changing your thoughts around the issues that are triggering the anxiety.
• Lack of ability to make decisions – if you find you are struggling to make decisions and seem to constantly second-guess yourself about even small choices you may have anxiety.
It is also possible to experience extreme panic even in otherwise normal social situations. You may have flashbacks of a traumatic or negative experience and have a real fear of being around people. It is also possible to experience physical health issues such as chronic indigestion, muscle tension, and constant headaches when people have anxiety disorders.
A New Way of Thinking
if you take counsellor help, you will find a new way to think about the anxiety triggers. Changing the way you think allows you to have the time to also change your behaviours, responding in a healthier and more appropriate way to the situations that have been problematic in the past.
Each client will have his or her own unique treatment plan. It will typically include talk therapy techniques as well as exercises designed to relieve anxiety and stress and to overcome the other symptoms you may be experiencing.