Anxiety

Anxiety:

  • Are you experiencing feelings of being overwhelmed with worry, while not being able to pinpoint exactly what is causing it?
  • Are you struggling to think clearly and to focus on completing tasks that you feel are important?
  • Has sleep and eating become an issue?
  • Do you find yourself thinking about the same problems without being able to solve any of them?

If your answer is yes to these questions, you might be experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is something all of us experience during our lives; however, when these feelings begin to impact our relationships both at home and at work we often need to ‘unpack’ them with the assistance of someone else.

Talking therapy has been proven to be a very effective way of ‘unknotting’ some of these complex feelings associated with anxiety. Self-exploration and clarity around what life-problems exist and how to manage them can assist people with anxiety.

Common anxiety disorders are:

Panic disorder.
A panic disorder is characterised by episodes of intense and sometimes uncontrollable fear accompanied by physical symptoms. These symptoms include heart palpitations, dizziness, chest pains, tingling and feeling out of breath. These symptoms can occur for no reason or when exposed to triggers.

Social anxiety disorder.
Contrary to what many may think, social anxiety is not synonymous with shyness. It is presented as a phobia of being around other people or different crowds of people. People suffering from a social anxiety disorder may fear the idea of standing in front of a group of people like public speaking, fear being humiliated in front of people or avoid regular everyday social interactions.

Generalised anxiety disorder.
Also known as GAD, generalised anxiety disorder is characterised by six months of constant worrying about everyday issues. Unlike other anxiety disorders, people living with GAD do not usually avoid daily social interactions, but will have anxiety over going through a typical day. They can’t seem to shake off their concerns even though they realise that they are blowing things out of proportion.

Generalised anxiety disorder can be treated with medication and behavioural therapy and psychotherapy. If you suspect that you or your loved one may be suffering from GAD, you can seek help by booking an appointment with Trevor Hall to explore your treatment options.