The Ins And Outs Of Anxiety

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Cope with triggers via CBT
In severe anxiety cases, a doctor may recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Pixabay (CC0) image.

Anxiety is a poorly understood mental health disorder, mainly because it’s hard to draw a line between what is normal and what is not. Anxiety is a natural human emotion in certain circumstances and scenarios. However, when you suffer from anxiety, you become susceptible to experiencing symptoms of anxiety even when you’re in a situation, which is not threatening to the vast majority of people. If you think you may have anxiety or you’re keen to learn more about this common mental health disorder, here’s everything you need to to know about anxiety.

What exactly is anxiety and how common is it?

An anxiety disorder can be mild or severe. It is characterized by feelings of unease and worry that affect you in scenarios, which for most people, are harmless. It’s normal to be anxious when you’re waiting for test results, you’re going in for medical or dental treatment, you have an interview, or you’ve got a date lined up. However, it’s not normal to feel anxious or uneasy all the time. If you suffer from anxiety, you may find that you’re on edge even when you’re surrounded by your closest friends and family, and you haven’t got anything scary or challenging on the agenda. Even the simplest tasks can become much more difficult, and it can be virtually impossible to switch off and relax. You can read more about the symptoms of anxiety here http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/anxiety-disorders. It is estimated that up to 5 percent of the population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety tends to affect more women than men.

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She feels anxious even when nothing scary or challenging is on the agenda. Image by John Hain [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Coping with anxiety

Sometimes, it can be difficult to accept that you have anxiety because you may assume that everybody else feels the same way you do. It is normal to be anxious in certain situations, but if you find it very hard to relax or you’re constantly worried or uptight, it’s wise to seek advice from your doctor. There are lots of self-help techniques that could prove beneficial, and some people find therapies like meditation and hypnosis helpful. If you’re interested in finding out more, have a look at sites like www.mbhypnosisdownloads.com. When you see your doctor, they will ask you questions about your symptoms and carry out some tests to determine the severity of your anxiety. In mild cases, making changes to your lifestyle, such as doing more exercise and cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, may be recommended. In more severe cases, doctors may advise you to consider talking therapies and medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy is commonly used to ease symptoms of anxiety. It encourages you to adapt your mindset to cope with triggers and change the way you behave to enable you to manage anxiety more effectively.

Cope with triggers via CBT
In severe anxiety cases, a doctor may recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Pixabay (CC0) image.

If you’re worried about anxiety or you think somebody close to you may be suffering, there are treatments and therapies available. Don’t suffer in silence or feel embarrassed about approaching your doctor or confiding in a friend or family member. The sooner you get help for anxiety, the better.

16 COMMENTS

  1. I have heard of Cognitive behavioral therapy and its benefits…. Interesting to learn that it might be an effective way to beat Anxiety… a great post, Chris… Thanks for raising awareness on this issue (sometimes it is underestimated and merely considered a consequence of our hectic ways of lives!) Hugs & happy weekend to you! xxoo :star:

  2. Anxiety attacks are not new to me. When severe, I can’t even walk.
    However, a quiet place, and a truthful look and answer to what the root of the incessant energy is results in the dissipation of that energy, for me.
    In other words, once I realize why, I proceed in calm confidence.

  3. I don’t know if I suffer from this disorder or not. I do know I have experienced serious anxiety attacks a couple of times in my younger years – my doctor said he thought they were mild nervous breakdowns. When I read the book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie, I stopped having them. I still get anxious from time to time, but I can control it now. Thanks for the interesting post, Christy.

  4. Anxiety seems like one of those things where people feel like they just need to push through it and in fact are often told to just ‘calm down’ or whatnot. I appreciate how you encouraged people to look for help. I wrote a post about natural helpers if you are interested

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