Anxiety is a very distressing and often debilitating condition which can increase in intensity over time. Up to a third of the population will suffer from anxiety in some form or another and many people suffering from this condition will find themselves avoiding certain places or situations in order to control their symptoms. This makes the anxious person’s life limited and constantly having to be assessed, which is in itself an exhausting condition.
Anxiety can take on many forms, e.g. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder (PD), General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of these disorders are the result of internal triggers and some from external triggers. Many will cause physical, mental and behavioural responses which are distressing and these can be any combination of the following:
– heart pounds
– cold or sweaty palms
– inability to relax
– holds breath
– skin rashes
– disturbed sleep
– autonomic overactivity
– loss of sense of humour
– fuzzy perception
– poor concentration/judgement
Do you avoid certain social situations because it evokes feelings of stress and impending panic attacks? Has your life become more and more restricted, has your sleep been affected and do you feel that you are over-reacting to everything and anything? There is often an underlying fear that you will lose control, that people will laugh, criticise or judge, that you cannot make a rational decision and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.
It may come as a surprise to know that many of these symptoms are natural stress responses which have just got out of hand. With some tried and trusted techniques and guidance, anxiety can be overcome and life can become much more enjoyable and less restrictive. You will be surprised at just how quickly changes can be made so just take action today and welcome a bright new future.
Let’s make changes that matter.