It is part of being human to suffer at times from troubling emotions. Sometimes we can deal with these emotions by ourselves, other times we can rely on friends or family to help. When the symptoms become severe and disabling, we may consult a professional to learn how to overcome these symptoms. Dysfunctional beliefs and unhelpful coping strategies may in this process be uncovered and changed.
Anxiety usually has a combination of different causes. The amount of general stress you are under may be a significant cause. More sensitive people have an arousal system that is more easily triggered and may take longer to calm down.
Anxieties are also often caused by the beliefs we have about a situation or a person. These beliefs may be rooted in deep seated childhood experiences of abuse, or may relate to recent experience of an anxiety provoking situation.
Anxieties are often maintained by the way we try to deal with them such as avoidance or denial. These strategies are however not effective in the long run.
With psychotherapy the client learns how to explore his/her own cycle of thinking based on unhelpful perceptions, feelings and actions and learn to change these often painful cycles.
Common Symptoms of Anxiety:
Feeling nervous, anxious on edge
Not being able to stop or control worrying
Worrying too much about different things
Having trouble to relax
Being so restless it is hard to sit still
Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
Feeling afraid as if something terrible might happen
Fear of losing control,
Fear of dying
Anxiety is often experienced with significant physical symptoms such as
dizziness and headaches
pupils dilating causing blurred vision,
mouth becoming dry and difficulty to swallow,
Breathing becomes faster to supply more oxygen to the muscles , causing shallow, fast breathing, chest pains or palpitations,
The heart pumps faster and blood pressure rises, causing feelings of the heart pounding or racing,
Digestion slows down as blood is diverted away from the stomach causing nausea and indigestion,
One of the most important things that a person suffering from anxiety must learn is that the symptoms experienced are not dangerous and does not indicate that the person is dangerously ill or going crazy. The feelings are very uncomfortable and unpleasant. But there are valuable and effective strategies a person could learn to cope with the symptoms.
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