Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

Everyone has experienced fear at one time or another, with symptoms such as a pounding heart, fearful thoughts, sweating etc. Fear is an essential emotion to have, as it tells us when something isn’t quite right and warns us of a potential danger. However, sometimes we experience fear that doesn’t go away or fear of something that is not explicitly harmful or dangerous. This is when fear becomes anxiety.

What are the typical symptoms?

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Distressing thoughts, fears and/or worries about not being able to cope or of things going wrong (e.g. regarding your health, children, finances, work etc.)
  • Feeling a sense of doom and/or dread
  • A tummy ache, butterflies, a sinking feeling in your tummy or muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Shortness of breath, shaking, sweating, a rapid heart beat
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to function or concentrate
  • Tiredness
  • Poor or disturbed sleep
  • Panic attacks which can include fears of dying or going crazy

What are the different kinds of anxiety?

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is characterised by persistent worry and anxiety in diverse situations with little or no trigger.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety occurs when an individual fears interacting with people or being negatively judged, criticized, put-down or embarrassed in the presence of others.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive rituals or behaviours performed in an attempt to reduce anxiety.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder manifests itself in episodes commonly known as panic attacks. These are sudden periods of intense anxiety or fear that often result in feeling frozen, a dry mouth, shortness of breath, trembling and/or sweating. It can be really frightening to experience a panic attack. Many people who experience one fear that they are having a heart attack.

Phobias

A phobia is an irrational fear in which an individual dreads a situation, place, object or animal that is a far greater danger in their mind than in real life. Individuals who experience phobias often go to great lengths to avoid their perceived danger.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD usually results from a person experiencing intense fear following and/or witnessing a traumatic event. The symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks of the event that caused the trauma that feel extremely real
  • Sweating, a racing heart and/or panic attacks
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Avoidance of situations that remind the person of the traumatic event
  • Sporadic feelings of irritability and/or anxiety with no apparent source

Feeling anxious about being in isolation due to COVID-19?

After a few weeks of staying home, isolation begins to take its toll. And with no end in sight, the anxiety can start creeping in. To help you stay ahead of it, we’ve pulled together a list of useful tips on how to stay mentally fit in isolation. If you find that your anxiety persists, try speaking to a professional.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of

Many people who experience anxiety feel embarrassed or ashamed, but it’s actually very common. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and it can be treated. When anxiety starts to affect your wellbeing, it’s time to get help. At Life Resolutions, we have a great deal of experience in successfully treating anxiety. Our team of therapists can help you to understand your anxiety and what triggers, so that you can learn effectively how to minimise or eliminate it.

How can therapy help?

Negative thoughts often what underpin anxiety. Therapy can teach you how to challenge the anxious or negative conclusions you may be making when you feel anxious, thereby helping you to stop believing unhelpful thoughts so that they no longer affect you.

During therapy, you will also learn to coping mechanisms such as mindfulness and deep breathing or relaxation techniques, with the result that you will feel generally calmer, more relaxed and less worried or stressed.

Don’t continue to go through your anxiety alone. If you’d like to speak to someone, call us on 1300 668 256 to book an appointment with a therapist or chat to one of our Provisional Psychologists on the Life Resolutions website to find out about our full range of counselling solutions, available both in person, via telehealth and from our chat feature from the safety of your own home.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256