Anxiety is an unpleasant, emotional state; it involves a complex combination of emotions which include fear, apprehension, and worry. It’s often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, or tension headache. This causes fear in itself, which then exacerbates the situation.
Chronically recurring cases of anxiety which have serious effects on a person’s life may be clinically diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.
The most common are generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Anxiety is everywhere. A lot of people have anxiety and most don’t even know that it can be treated. Many millions of people suffer from anxiety disorder. One example is that college students can have their work greatly affected by anxiety.
Knowing how to overcome and treat these disorders can have significant positive results in grades and performance. Finding out which type of anxiety disorder would be the first step to conquering it.
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Racing heartbeats
- Finger-drumming are all common.
Test anxiety mainly refers specifically to students, but many adults share the same experience with regard to their career or profession. The fear of failing a task and being negatively evaluated for it can have a similarly negative effect on the adult.
Anxiety can be very unpleasant. It’s usually accompanied by a sensation of worry, doubt and painful awareness that one is powerless to control situations.
In contrast to fear, anxiety is irrational. The anxious person is over vigilant, tense and insecure in most situations. Their heightened negative state leads to some of the bodily complaints that can be particularly prominent. These include excess sweating, trembling, dizziness, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath, gastrointestinal upset, hot flushes, dry mouth, increased urination, fatigue and restlessness.
The anxiety episodes can become so intense that individuals believe they are actually “going crazy” or will die. There is this sudden fear, which together with physiological symptoms, may seem to resemble a heart attack (palpitations, chest pain, choking, vertigo, trembling and shaking).
These anxiety episodes are also known as panic attacks and usually last only a few seconds or a few minutes but can leave the sufferer feeling drained for some time afterwards. Nevertheless they are very distressing and serve only to exacerbate the condition.
At the Initial Consultation, the client would be assessed to decide on the best course of action; it could be THRIVE (changing limiting beliefs) and/or Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI) would be a beneficial treatment for anxiety.
Thrive helps to deal with the client’s badly managed thinking; CPI helps to find and dispose of deep-rooted emotions, thus freeing them from their symptoms.