What is anxiety?

 Anxiety refers to uncontrollable worry or fear. Everyone occasionally experiences nerves, however constant and irrational apprehension indicates anxiety. This follows a well-known trajectory, where too much anxiety can interfere with an individual’s routine. Anxiety is an umbrella term which considers some of the following disorders. Panic disorder, the unprecedented occurrence of a panic attack, which results in worry of unforeseen onset. Phobia, this is excessive fear of a specific stimulus. Social anxiety disorder, alarm of being judged socially. Obsessive-compulsive disorders, ongoing illogical beliefs that result in persistent behaviours. Post-traumatic disorder, fear following a traumatic incident.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Psychological Symptoms of Anxiety include:

  • Consistent worry
  • Feelings of insecurity
  • Replaying an event or circumstance

Behavioural Symptoms of Anxiety include:

  • Cancelling social events
  • Amplified startle reflex
  • Unable to remain calm

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety include:

  • Feelings of exhaustion
  • Digestion problems
  • Migraines and an inability to concentrate

How to treat anxiety:

Generally, the most effective intervention to relieving anxiety in the long run would be by attending talk therapy. Talk therapy helps to find the root of what is making you anxious by reflecting on the underlying thoughts and concerns you have. Through understanding your beliefs, a therapist can help to restructure any irrational assumptions you hold, assimilating rational concepts. Simultaneously, you can be taught crucial skills that you can integrate into your daily life to help you cope and manage any triggers. By restructuring your thoughts, and helping you obtain indispensable behaviours, you will in turn be able to ameliorate your anxiety.

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