Anxiety is a normal human emotion, but when it becomes excessive and persistent, it can interfere with daily life and be diagnosed as an anxiety disorder. It is characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, and fear that are out of proportion to the situation at hand. If you are struggling with anxiety, know that you are not alone and that help is available.
Do you feel nervous or on edge most of the time?
Do you have trouble concentrating or sleeping?
Do you experience physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat or sweating?
Do you have fear or avoidance of certain situations or activities?
Do you experience panic attacks?
Do you worry excessively about the future or the past?
Anxiety disorders can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
Trauma, such as abuse or loss, can also trigger anxiety.
Life events such as a breakup, job loss or financial difficulties can also lead to anxiety
Medical conditions such as thyroid disorders or chronic pain can also contribute to anxiety.
Maintaining composure during a panic or anxiety attacks can instill confidence in one's ability to endure it without harm. Engaging in focused mental activities, like simple arithmetic or meticulous drawing of nearby objects, can divert attention from the symptoms and aid in managing the situation.
Reinforcing the understanding that panic attacks are self-limited and inherently harmless can also be beneficial. When acute anxiety is present, the following measures may offer relief:
Medications: Utilizing medication to alleviate anxiety and uplift mood.
Psychotherapy: Engaging in various forms of psychotherapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
Biofeedback Therapy: Employing biofeedback therapy to enhance relaxation techniques and learn how to relax more effectively.
Relaxation Techniques: Training oneself to relax and maintain calm breathing, while practicing tested coping strategies in the face of stress.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Ensuring a proper diet, regular exercise, and a consistent sleep routine, while avoiding triggers such as alcohol and illicit drugs.
Treating Underlying Conditions: Addressing underlying illnesses like hypothyroidism or diabetes, which may contribute to anxiety, through appropriate treatment, often resulting in the cessation of anxiety symptoms.
At Global Therapy Inc., our experienced therapists specialize in helping individuals with anxiety.
Book an appointment and start on your journey to better mental health. We are here to support you and provide the tools and resources you need to manage your anxiety and improve your overall well-being.