Treatment for Anxiety

WHAT IS AN ANXIETY DISORDER?

Fear is a healthy emotion that serves many vital roles. However, when worry persists or the feeling of panic becomes a regular occurance it can be destructive and paralysing.

Anxiety related disorders and their symptoms can be ignored or numbed for a long time before a person seeks help. The social stigma around finding help for such conditions seems to be subsiding, however far too many people are suffering alone and in silence.

Although triggers, type of anxiety disorder and degree of severity differ from one person to the next, they all have a negative effect on one’s ability to function and experience pleasure in life.

Anxiety is best described as an intense feeling of panic, dread or fear combined with varying degrees of obsessive thought patterns (e.g. worrying), which hinder a person’s ability to enjoy life/function.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AN ANXIETY DISORDER?

The symptoms of an anxiety disorder are numerous, unique to each person and set of circumstances. They may include:

  • Tension, numbness, reduced blood flow to the extremities
  • Trouble focusing, fatigue, irritability
  • Headaches, dry mouth, restlessness
  • Nausea, tingling or butterflies in the stomach
  • Increased shallow breathing or heart rate
  • Changes in sleep or appetite
  • Paranoia, obsessive thinking

It is a cluster of symptoms that happen to everyone, so in order to be deemed a disorder these symptoms must be irrational, excessive and persistent.

WHAT CAUSES ANXIETY?

Anxiety and related disorders can be tricky to define, but are usually a result of any combination of the following:

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