Anxiety is manifested by worry, stress or fear. It is a natural response
to stress or danger – one that helps you cope with tense situations and
manage many challenges in your day-to-day life. So it’s completely
normal to feel anxious before an exam, medical test, interview or any
other challenging situation. When experienced regularly, however,
anxiety can transform into a medical condition called anxiety disorder,
which can affect your well-being and can’t be left untreated.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
- Irrational fears
- Fear of impending doom
- Irritability or hypervigilance
- Racing thoughts
- Obsessive thinking
- Sleep problems
- Recurring feelings of worry
- Fatigue, restlessness or sweating
- Muscle tension
- Digestive or gastrointestinal problems
- Avoidance of uncomfortable situations
- Panic attacks
The Anxiety Signs and symptoms can be categorized into following
Behavioural : Avoidance of situations that provoke anxiety, restlessness, hyper, vigilance and irritability.
Cognitive : Lack of concentration, racing or unwanted thoughts, excessive fear and worry, obsessive thinking.
Physical : Fatigue, chest pain, changes in sleep patterns (insomnia/hypersomnia), changes in appetite (overeating/underrating), nausea, breathing problems.
Myths and Facts
Myth: Anxiety is not a serious issue.
Fact: Anxiety can cause significant problems to your health. An anxiety can become a problem if it starts to impact your ability to manage issues in everyday life. Anxiety produces behavioral and emotional symptoms like persistent worries, fears, and thoughts. It also can create physical symptoms like rapid breathing, sweating, tense muscles, and headaches. It can affect your eating and sleeping.
Myth: Anxiety is a problem mostly seen in adults.
Fact: Anxiety affects both children and adults. There are large number of children having anxiety globally.
Myth: Anxiety will go away or cure on its own.
Fact: Symptoms of anxiety are invariably persistent and usually require treatment to subside. Anxiety disorders can be chronic and persistent, and if not treated well properly, anxiety symptoms are likely to return.
Myth: Anxiety and depression are unrelated.
Fact: Many people who suffer from anxiety also suffer from depression.
Myth: There are limited treatment options for anxiety.
Fact: Anxiety is a very treatable condition.
Myth: I can get overcome my anxiety with a healthy lifestyle.
Fact: While you may be able to lessen your anxiety, it may not be cured.
How do you know you need counselling/Therapy?
One can find out if the need counselling or therapy by checking the following points:
- You want to bring a change, but you’re unable to do so on your own, you might want to seek counselling.
- You’re experiencing disturbances which impact your day-to day life like work, social engagement etc.
- You’re experiencing disturbances which impact your overall wellbeing.
- You’re experiencing emotions on the extremes. For example you’re either too happy or too angry.
- You have a difficult time in understanding your emotions or in making sense of what is going on around you.
- Feeling disconnected from yourself and your loved ones.
Role of counselling & Therapy in Anxiety
People living with anxiety disorder develop negative thinking patterns and negative emotions. Through therapy and counselling, one can undergo cognitive restructuring required to let off these negative thoughts and emotions. Therapists can help you in identifying the negative thoughts and emotions, understanding the cause and promoting positive changes required to battle anxiety. Certain therapies such as CBT have proven to be effective treatments in anxiety disorders.
How does TalktoAngel Help you in overcoming anxiety?
TalktoAngel is an online platform that provides quality therapy and other mental health services online. We have qualified and experienced professionals working with us. Anxiety is one of our areas of expertise. We have experts and specialists who have successfully worked previously on cases of anxiety. Studies have proven that online mental health services are as effective as the conventional mode. Furthermore, at TalktoAngel, we put your needs first. We can help you with flexible appointments, personalised and customised intervention plans all at the tip of your fingers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I control my anxiety?Since, anxiety when experienced in an overwhelming manner can be a serious issue, it should be treated as a serious one. Understand that trying to control anything will only last for a very short term. Furthermore, controlling anxiety is not something you’d like to do if you knew well about the repercussions. Instead of trying to control it, calming the anxiety you experience is more like it. To quell at the moment anxiety can be tackled with mini breathing exercises, taking a little break, listening to a song and other similar activities. On the other hand, to deal with your anxiety issues in a more cohesive and constructive manner, therapy is the best solution.
Is anxiety a mental illness?As mentioned earlier, mild anxious feelings aren’t something you need to worry about. However, if your anxiety is interfering with your daily life, wellbeing, emotional health, it can be due to an anxiety disorder. The DSM 5 and ICD 11 have identified 5 types of disorders to fall under the anxiety disorder. The answer is yes but it depends on the severity of the issue.
Why do I get anxiety?Anxiety can be attributed to a variety of causes. One of the prominent causes is stress and excessive worrying. Other causes can stem from trauma, drug or substance addiction, certain medical conditions, lack of sleep etc.
What medication is best for anxiety?You cannot take medication for anxiety without the consultation of a psychiatrist. It is unprofessional and ethically wrong for us to disclose any medication in this manner. You can consult with one of our professionals. Moreover, medication is only effective in the long term if coupled with effective psychotherapy.
If anxiety is interfering with your daily life, affecting your work or relationships, we recommend going for anxiety therapy.
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