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Things You Need to Know About Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to any stressful situation, this can be because of some important exam, or before you give an important speech. This kind of response is natural and is required. Feeling of anxiety in normal levels helps us execute certain task properly and successfully.

Anxiety disorder is when these feelings are extreme and lasts for a longer time and it interfere with your daily activities. It is when you feel anxious even when you aren’t doing much. In an anxiety disorder this fear sits with you all the time or most of the time and this would disturb you from performing your daily activities.

Types of anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are common and it can affect anyone of any age.  It is not an uncurable condition. So, with effective anxiety counselling in Melbourne you will be able to get over this. There are many types of anxiety disorders some to list are:

Panic disorder

It is when one keeps experiencing recurrent episodes of panic attacks at unexpected times and this person usually lives in fear of the next panic attack.

Phobia

This is an excessive fear towards a particular situation, object or an activity.

Social anxiety disorder

This is fear of being judged by other people.

Obsessive compulsive disorder

These are recurring thoughts that keep prompting you to perform a specific behaviour that is repeated.

Separation anxiety disorder

This is a fear of being separated from your loved one or home.

Illness anxiety disorder

It is the constant fear about your health.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

This type of anxiety occurs after a traumatic event

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

Signs and symptoms of anxiety may vary from person to person. Some might have anxiety symptoms in the form of raised heartbeat whereas others might have nightmares or painful thoughts or memories or a general feeling of fear towards a particular situation or place.

Some of the common symptoms of generalized anxiety are increased heartbeat, breathing fast, restlessness, difficulty in concentrating and difficulty in falling asleep. In some people they may feel the disconnection of their mind and body.

Anxiety attack is the extreme case of worry and fear and this usually build up slow and they may usually present with feeling dizzy, shortness of breath, dry mouth, sweating, hot flashes, restlessness, feeling numb, extreme worry or fear.

Causes of anxiety

There is no definitive cause of anxiety but both genetic and environment play a part.

How to diagnose anxiety

A single test cannot confirm anxiety, you have to first talk to your doctor, he will do certain physical exams, make you take some questionnaires and do so much more work up to properly diagnose.

Treatment

Treatment methods are mainly psychotherapy and medical, you need to consult a psychologist to help you with it. some medications used are antidepressants and sedatives. Some natural remedies that can be tried are getting proper sleep, eating proper and healthy diet, engaging in physical activity, avoiding caffeine and alcohol and meditating.

Tim Rosengarten
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