Everyone feels anxious now and then, it’s a typical reaction when under pressure. You can feel anxious before taking a test or whenever faced with difficulties which involve your decision-making. No one in this world is exempted from feeling anxious about something. This reaction is normal among human beings, but when your anxiety becomes too overwhelming that you can no longer function properly, you might have a problem.
What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
Although anxiety is classified into several other disorders, listed below are the general symptoms:
- Feeling of panic, fear, and uneasiness without just reasons
- Having heart palpitations
- Having trouble sleeping
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Having shortness of breath
- Feeling nausea or dizziness
- Having dry mouth
If you’re feeling any of these or if you know someone who does, it may be a red flag of an anxiety disorder.
What are the Types of Anxiety?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This chronic disorder is characterized by long-lasting worry about non-specific life events, objects, and situations.
Phobias: Phobias are merely fear of an object or a situation. Unlike GAD, there is a specific cause identified which causes someone to worry or to be anxious.
Some of the most common phobias include:
- Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
- Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
- Acrophobia – fear of heights
- Agoraphobia – fear of open or crowded spaces
- Cynophobia – fear of dogs
Panic Attacks: sufferers of panic disorders have attacks of shaking and dizziness whenever they feel sudden attacks of terror and nervousness.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): is an anxiety which is caused by previous traumatic experiences such as rape, military combat, and accidents.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: is characterized by thoughts or actions which are repetitive and intrusive. Sufferers serve to alleviate their anxiety which can include them obsessively cleaning their items or making sure everything if put back in its place.
Social Anxiety Disorder: sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder usually have stage fright, fear of intimacy or a fear of humiliation. Their biggest fear is being judged by other or being humiliated publicly.
Separation Anxiety Disorder: is characterized by high levels of anxiety when separated from a person or place.
What are the Treatments Available for You?
Psychological treatments are proven to help people with anxiety by providing them with coping mechanisms and gradually changing their mindset to improve how they deal with life’s stressors. Sufferers are taught how to manage their anxiety efficiently.
Regardless of the sufferer’s specific anxiety disorder, there are psychological treatments available for them such as:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Inter-personal Therapy (IPT)
- Behavior Therapy
How Can We Help You?
Our psychologists can give you the help you need if you think you’re suffering from any anxiety disorder. We can provide a safe, calm and nurturing environment which can give you the confidence you need to speak about what’s troubling you. Regardless of the reason why you have anxiety, we’ll seek to understand the underlying reason why it started in the first place and the best treatment for you. Book your appointment today and allow us to help you start your journey to an anxiety free future. Call now!