Dealing with anxiety

Anxiety can also cause sufferers to exhibit physical symptomsAnxiety is a natural part of everyday life for the majority of people, but in a few cases this can become a bigger problem affecting how well people sleep and in some instances can develop into depression. There are some things that will commonly cause people to worry, but if the stress and anxiety does start to get too much and affect other areas of life, then there is treatment available. The symptoms of anxiety can vary greatly depending on how individuals react to worries, but because of the wide range of potential symptoms it can be hard to get the right diagnosis.

What Are the Typical Symptoms of Anxiety?

There are many different symptoms that people may encounter, but the preoccupation with specific issues in an individual’s life will be central to these. Some people may also experience problems with:

  • Irritability
  • Being unable to focus on the task in hand
  • Feeling nervous
  • Inability to relax

Anxiety can also cause sufferers to exhibit physical symptoms too:

  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhoea and frequent urination
  • Pins and needles
  • Aches and pains

This broad spectrum of potential ways that anxiety can show itself means that sufferers will often need to have a long discussion with their doctor before they are accurately diagnosed.

The Triggers and Magnifying Factors for Anxiety Sufferers

There are some people who will suffer anxiety attacks when they encounter certain triggers in their every day lives, and for these people it will be fairly straight forward to understand what the problem is. For other people, however, the cause of the anxiety can be particularly difficult to pin down, and this General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) will often require an extensive discussion with the doctor to accurately diagnose. In some instances, the doctor may want to refer the individual to a specialist for a more thorough discussion before a diagnosis is given.

It is usually the case that people will find that their anxiety problem will develop gradually, as the worries begin to take a more important and prevalent role in their lives. This can be caused by a number of factors, and these triggers can include:

  • Problems in the personal life of the individual
  • Employment and workplace issues
  • Social nervousness or awkwardness
  • Increased contact with specific anxiety triggers

Treatment Options For Anxiety

There are some medicinal options available for the treatment of anxiety, but the vast majority of people will have the greatest success taking a course of therapy to find and treat the cause of the anxiety.

Some people will find that having someone help them to identify and deal with the issues causing the anxiety will actually solve the problem, while others will need to develop an anxiety management strategy.

1. Having some Counselling

One of the most popular options for those people who are suffering with GAD is to take a course of counselling sessions. This particular type of therapy involves an analysis of the unhelpful behaviours and habits of the individual which can be triggering and exacerbating the anxiety.

Counselling will not only help people to identify and deal with the problems that are causing the anxiety, but it can also teach people new techniques of handling their worries. The majority of people will usually have a series of weekly treatment sessions with a qualified therapist for a few months. This dual approach to anxiety has seen a successful conclusion to the anxiety people are suffering in over half of all cases.

2. Applied Relaxation

Applied relaxation is a useful treatment for those who have a range of worries that they have to deal with on a regular basis, and as the name suggests it teaches people to fully relax. This is a technique that can help people to loosen their muscles and fully relax even when they have a number of issues on their mind.

This is a technique that can help people to loosen their muscles and fully relax

3. Exposure Therapy

This is a solution for people who are experiencing anxiety triggered by specific factors, and involves exposing the individual to those factors in a safe environment. This therapy works by reducing the fear that the person will have about that particular trigger, and will help to reduce the anxiety that they will feel about those triggers.

If you think that having some Counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor would be useful to treat your anxiety or depression, I offer Counselling in Waterloo. I also offer counselling in Kennington and Lambeth North station 5 min from central London. Contact me to enquiry about counselling Waterloo, Counselling Kennington or Counselling in Lambeth or to arrange an initial meeting. I reply to all enquiries within 24h.

 

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