Anxiety might present at any age, but what exactly is it?
The term anxiety, is itself is an umbrella label for a range of afflictions and is the most common form of mental illness in Australia. In order for a precise diagnosis to be made, a person presents with symptoms experienced for a specific period of time. The reported severity of anxiety symptoms and their duration will be major influences on diagnosis by a suitably qualified medical practitioner. For one example, experiencing worry about a range of things most of the time for 6 months or more may call forth a diagnosis of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
Anxiety has many expressions
Beyond GAD, anxiety conditions have many expressions, such as: Phobias e.g. Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and so on. Symptoms and signs of anxiety are often confused. Usually, signs can be observed while symptoms are the reported experiences of the sufferer. A few examples include:
Symptoms – feeling jaded, restless, irritable, tension in muscles, poor sleep patterns, poor concentration, back pain, neck pain and so on.
Signs – a behavioural tendency toward panic; heart pounding, perspiration, dizziness, trembling, breathlessness, nausea.
Overall, some consequences of anxiety include:
- A sense of loss of control or personal power.
- Unhelpful thinking and ruminations – rehearsing imagined disaster, with no fruitful coping strategies.
- Intolerance for surprises, those ambiguities of daily life. This might be reflected in an attitude of criticism toward others.
- Feeling a victim in the face of perceived injustices.
Unhelpful coping mechanisms
It sometimes happens that people experiencing anxiety symptoms get relief, in the short term, through unhelpful coping mechanisms. These can include: alcohol or other drug abuse, ‘comfort’ eating, gambling, shopping, etc. Such coping strategies do absolutely nothing to address anxiety signs, symptoms, or even root causes. In fact, beyond short term anxiety relief, they usually make things worse! In some cases, people only come to realise the extent of their anxiety when seeking help with gambling or drinking etc.
Useful coping mechanisms for anxiety symptoms
In terms of defeating anxiety symptoms and signs, here are some very useful tips to get started:
- Light exercise – light aerobic exercise is great to change mood and combat the anxiety experience
- Deep breathing exercises – in circumstances where you cannot do a few push-ups, or gentle pace on a treadmill, you can still chill with deep breathing, focusing on your breath, being in the moment. This may take a little practice, but it’s really worth it.
- Get sleep! Sleep patterns can suffer with the restlessness associated with anxiety.
- Get help! It’s OK to ask for help, and clinical hypnotherapy can be highly efficient in getting back to realistic assessment of risk and reconnecting with personal power and control.
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