About Anxiety

If anxiety is affecting your life, talk to the Anxiety Therapy Clinic.

Anxiety for the masses. 

Most people feel anxious from time to time, this is normal. However, anxiety can become abnormal if it interferes with your day-to-day activities. Anxiety is a symptom of various anxiety disorders which are discussed below. They can be treated and your treatment from the Anxiety Therapy Clinic will be drug free.

What is normal? 

Anxiety is normal in stressful situations, and can even be helpful. For example, most people will be anxious when confronted by a perceived threat from an aggressive person, or experiencing butterflies in the stomach before an exam or driving test, The burst of adrenaline and nerve impulses which we have in response to stressful situations brings about a ‘fight or flight’ response. This then is helpful as it prompts us to deal with a situation, or to remove ourselves from it completely.

When is anxiety treatment needed? 

Anxiety should be treated if it: Is out of proportion to the stressful situation, or persists when a stressful situation has passed, or the cause of the stress is minor, or appears for no apparent reason when there is no real threat present, or when it prevents us from performing at our best, or interferes with our day to day activities.

The three types of Anxiety.

Acute reaction Anxiety. 

Acute means the symptoms develop quickly, over minutes or hours, reacting to the stressful event. Acute reactions to stress typically occur after an unexpected life crisis such as an accident, bereavement, family problem, bad news, etc. Sometimes symptoms occur before a known situation which is anticipated to be difficult .This is called situational anxiety. For example, before an examination, an important race, a concert performance, etc.

Adjustment Anxiety. 

This is similar to the above, but symptoms develop days or weeks after a stressful situation as a reaction or adjustment to the problem. For example, as a reaction to a divorce, house move, or loss of employment. Symptoms are similar to acute reaction to stress but may include depression.

Post-traumatic stress disorder 

(PTSD) may follow a severe trauma such as a serious assault or life-threatening accident. Anxiety is only one symptom which may come and go. The main symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Recurring thoughts, memories, images, dreams, or flashbacks of the trauma which are distressing.
  • Trying to avoid thoughts, feelings, conversations, places, people, activities or anything else which may trigger memories or thoughts of the trauma.
  • Feeling emotionally numb and feeling detached from others. Possible difficulty having loving or caring feelings.
  • Pessimistic outlook for the future is common as is loss of interest in activities which were previously enjoyed.
  • Increased arousal which was not present prior to the trauma i.e. difficulty in sleeping , irritability, difficulty in concentrating, and increased vigilance.

All of the three main types of Anxiety disorders can and should be treated.

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