ANXIETY

 

Anxiety

 

We all experience anxiety from time to time but unlike stress that comes and goes with external factors, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.  Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor whereas anxiety is stress that continues after the stress-causing factor has gone

Anxiety can make a person think irrationally and imagine that things in their life are much worse than they are in reality.   Often a person will think they are going mad or that their life is in danger. What is important is the recognition that anxiety is normal, we all experience it and it exists due to a set of bodily functions that are there to improve our chances of survival.  Like Stress, anxiety triggers our fight or flight response.

Some people can identify the root of their anxiety; for example, a traumatic incident or a stressful life event etc.  However, some people are not able to identify the root cause of their anxiety, their level of anxiety increases and this causes them enormous distress.

Some of the most common physical symptoms of anxiety are:

•Increased heat rate

•Increased muscle tension

•Tingling in the hands and feet

•Hyperventilation (over breathing)

•Dizziness

•Difficulty in breathing

•Feeling sick

•Tight band across the chest area

•Tension headaches

•Hot flushes

•Increased perspiration

•Dry mouth

•Shaking

•Choking sensations

•Palpitations

In addition to the physical symptoms, you may feel that you are losing control, or start thinking that you are dying, having a heart attack or you may have a sense of impending doom.  You may feel detached from the outside world and want to run away.

When we are feeling a high level of anxiety it is often easier to try to avoid how we are feeling, this ‘pushing down’ and ‘cutting off’ offers temporary relief from anxiety but often the anxiety returns and reinforces the belief that you are in danger.  The problem with avoidance is often the root cause of the anxiety does not go away, and avoiding the anxiety does not allow you to explore the reality of your fears.

Transitional Therapy will help you to start the process of exploration.  Identifying triggers and the root cause of the anxiety will allow you to work through what is happening for you, together we can explore how you are feeling and implement techniques that will reduce the level of anxiety that you are feeling.

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