Anxiety is a normal stress reaction; it alerts us to potentially harmful situations. It is also customary to feel nervous and anxious in a stressful situation. However, suppose the anxiety is overwhelmed to the point that it affects your job or school performance, relationships, and daily functioning. Then it may be a warning signal that you need professional help to process your anxiety.
Symptoms of excessive Anxiety may include:
Difficulty to concentrate
Hyper-vigilant and a feeling of being "on-edge."
Difficulty to rest, e.g. difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep
Constant nightmares of the event or situation which triggers anxiety
Most anxiety is treatable through counselling and psychotherapy, though you may benefit from medication if the symptom is very intense.
What Caused Anxiety?
Causes of anxiety vary and include the chemical imbalance of serotonin and the amygdala, change in environment, and childhood trauma. Survivors of bullying, public shaming or harsh criticism often feel overwhelmed with fear of being judged, while survivors of attachment trauma are constantly anxious about being abandoned by their loved ones.
Types of Anxiety
There are many types of anxiety, and the common ones include:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
A generalized anxiety disorder differs from worry over stressful life events. People with general anxiety disorders feel persistent anxiety or dread, which can interfere with daily life for a long time, and their anxiety shifts from one worry to another.
People with panic disorder experience sudden and unexpected panic attacks. They struggle with intense fear of losing control even when there is no apparent danger or trigger. It is important to note that not everyone who experiences a panic attack will develop panic disorder.
Social anxiety is also known as social phobia. People with social anxiety experience intense and persistent fear of being watched, judged, or humiliated. People with social anxiety often avoid going to job interviews, public speaking, or social event(s) because they are afraid of the danger of being shamed or humiliated.
Restoring Peace provides counselling and psychotherapy services for Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Adjustment Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other types of anxiety.
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