Anxiety is something that we can all experience, and the trigger could be work, life events or challenges with relationships we. Receiving treatment by way of anxiety counselling will have a positive effect on how you feel. Duration of therapy will, however, depend on the effects anxiety is having on your life.
Types of anxiety
The symptoms and effects of anxiety can cause disturbances in how we live our day to day lives. Therefore it’s essential to understand better the different types of anxiety that we can experience.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Categorised by individuals who have experienced anxiety most days for over six months. There may also be a combination of factors that lead to Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Most importantly possible biological conditions or family history may exist. Generalised Anxiety Disorder can also be triggered by experiencing stressful events in your life, such as physical and emotional abuse, the death of a loved one or separation events.
Specific phobias that the individual experiences can cause anxiety. Some examples can be a fear of flying, fear of heights, animal phobias. We all experience fear in certain situations, but a specific phobia will begin to take control of our actions until they become less and less rational about the particular phobia.
Associated with panic attacks phobias can overwhelm the person and often result in a range of physical symptoms. Therefore anxiety created by a particular phobia is persistent and experienced for a period of longer than six months.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Characterised by the feeling of uneasiness in normal social situations. We all experience social anxiety in mild forms, however, when the symptoms of social anxiety become pronounced and frequent, there may be an underlying issue that requires therapy.
Those who experience extreme social anxiety will often have physical symptoms. The Symptoms will then compound the problem due to their fear of others noticing the physical symptoms of their anxiety.
Usually a physical reaction to your psychological symptoms. If you experience an increased heart rate, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, hot or cold flashes and excessive sweating, you may have a panic disorder.
Common ways to treat Anxiety
There is a range of effective anxiety counselling that when applied honestly and consistently usually result in significant positive relief. Supportive offers anxiety counselling through qualified counsellors that are trained and able to assist through online counselling.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Behavioural Therapy for anxiety
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which is also commonly referred to as CBT is a highly structured psychological therapy with aims to make a connection between the way we think and the way we act. In identifying the thought patterns that make us feel anxious, we can then determine the behavioural patterns that result in us becoming more concerned.
Once identified, you can work on these negative thoughts, and behavioural patterns with your psychologist or counsellor make targeted specific changes which in turn reduce the amount of anxiety you will feel. CBT is based in addressing anxious situations realistically and allows you to approach your anxieties with less fear.
Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety
Behavioural therapy doesn’t attempt to change your beliefs and thought processes directly. Behaviour therapy targets activities and experiences that are positive and rewarding for the patient. By focusing on the positives, the end goal is to reduce the amount of needless worrying and situational avoidance that often result in increased anxiety.
Behaviour Therapy uses graded exposure. Gradually you are exposed to situations that would typically produce signs of anxiety, and by overcoming these feelings of anxiety in the specific case, you slowly realise that your anxiety can be controlled and even conquered.
Anxiety symptoms & signs of anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety can sometimes be very subtle and can also develop slowly over time. It is usual that we all experience anxiety at some point in our lives and it’s a very normal reaction to many of the situations we face in everyday life.
Anxiety connected to a specific event or a stressful situation while experienced for a limited time would not be considered an issue. However, often people may experience anxiety that is not related to a specific experience. If the frequency and persistence of the anxiety begin to have an impact on their lives and interactions, this would be considered anxiety that may require anxiety treatment. Anxiety symptoms can be physical, psychological & behavioural.
- Panic attacks
- Racing heartbeat
- Elevated breathing
- Hot & cold flushes
- Sleep disturbances
- Excessive worrying or fear
- Obsessing over unimportant things
- Excessive Nervousness
- Chronic indigestion
- Pronounced muscle tension
- Avoiding social situations