Such a small word for such a big issue, so what does it mean? Anxiety is linked to fear! Difficulties arise when it becomes difficult to pin down the ‘fear’ and rationalise it.
Presenting symptoms vary but can be completely debilitating. Examples at the time might include a lack of concentration and/or feeling of overwhelm, dread or terror.
Physical symptoms include, but are not limited to:-
- dry mouth
- needing the loo urgently
As a result, a combination of these symptoms can lead to a panic attack.
Physical illnesses, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis and Stomach Ulcers are also linked to this issue. A mental disorder diagnosis such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Social Anxiety can be given in more severe cases. This charity page has some interesting facts about different types of Anxiety.
Did you know, feeling anxious can become a habit? Avoidance commonly follows as part of the issue. Naturally, you are going to want to avoid things that bring on the discomfort right?
Once our anxious brain ‘perceives’ danger, it tells our body to respond. It increases adrenalin, blood flow, sweating etc. as part of our protective fight or flight mechanism.
The crux of the problem is that our brain sometimes forgets what is actual danger and what isn’t, consequently, we have to retrain it.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is known to help, see here for more detail about this type of therapy with me. As an Integrative Therapist, I use elements of CBT, where appropriate.
Overcoming anxiety can be tough but it is by no means impossible. Dedication and commitment from you are required. If you want to work towards lowering your anxiety and reclaiming your life, then Counselling with CBT is a good place to start.
Check out the pain articles to read more about pain anxiety.