Anxiety


Posted on February 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm


“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. Arthur Somers Roche

We all have feelings of anxiety every now and again, for example during exams, job interview, illness etc. These are usually transient; your resilience kicks in and you bounce back to feeling normal. However, there are times when you feel you are unable to shake off this feeling of being overwhelmed and things that seemed fine become a challenge. Everything feels like a burden and life feels difficult. This may indicate that you are suffering from an Anxiety Disorder.

Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder

Some of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder are:

  • Apprehension (worries about future misfortunes, feeling “on edge”, difficulty concentrating)
  • Motor tension (restless fidgeting, tension headaches, trembling, inability to relax)
  • Autonomic over activity (light-headedness, sweating, tachycardia/tachypnoea, epigastric discomfort, dizziness, dry mouth etc.)
  • Fears that you or your loved one will shortly become ill or have an accident, together with a variety of other worries or forebodings.

These feelings may be generalised or predominant in specific environmental circumstances (e.g. school) or situations (e.g. heights, closed spaces, certain foods etc.). Nevertheless, these feelings are all real, you may feel like you are no yourself and unable to do things you were previously able to undertake easily. It may feel like a very lonely scary place. We all lead very stressful lives with constant demands and expectations placed on us. Over time, these drain our battery leaving us feeling anxious.

Types of Anxiety Disorder

There are several types of anxiety disorder some of which are:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive –Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Specific Phobias

Causes of Anxiety Disorder

Each individual is different and may have one or several factors that may contribute to developing an anxiety disorder. Sometimes you may be unaware of the causes and may need the guidance of a professional to piece the jigsaw together. Some of the factors may be:

  • Genetic
  • Acute or Chronic physical illness
  • Nutritional insufficiencies
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Trauma
  • Bullying
  • Relationship challenges
  • Loss of job
  • Bereavement

Whatever the cause/causes, remember you are not to blame for developing the symptoms and you will heal with the right care and support.

Anxiety Treatment

We will provide a detailed assessment to understand your triggers, symptoms and help to address them in a systematic manner. The treatment will be personalised to your circumstances and goals. This may include:

We can assure you that you are not alone. We will guide you through every step to help you achieve recovery.

“You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer

Make an appointment today so we can discuss your personal needs.