We’ve all been in a situation where we felt apprehended, nervous and experienced self-doubt for one reason or the other. This is what is referred to as anxiety. It’s a condition where one feels nervous, apprehended and self-doubt which may or not be linked to real-life stressors. In cases where a person experiences recurring and overwhelming feelings of worry and dread, anxiety may seriously affect the way the person performs his or her duties. It’s, therefore, important to always seek the help of a qualified therapist.
What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?
People with anxiety often experience restlessness, pacing, confusion, and worrying thoughts. One may also have obstructive and obsessive thoughts or experience difficulty when it comes to concentrating and breathing. Other symptoms include despair, lightheadedness, frustration, and irritability, insomnia, headaches, or even digestive problems.
According to mental health professionals, anxiety is usually at the root of other conditions like phobias and panic attacks. That explains why an individual with anxiety is more likely to experience physical sensations like nausea, trembling, difficulty breathing and sweating. There’s a correlation between anxiety and other mental health conditions such as depression and posttraumatic stress.
Anxiety serves as a way through which a person protects himself and avoids suffering. However, things usually end up differently as he may experience extreme levels of worry and fear thereby feeling helpless when it comes to alleviating the symptoms. In most cases, this condition is caused by unresolved trauma which makes the person have certain experiences whenever the trauma is reactivated.
How can Therapy Help?
Most of the people we’ve seen with anxiety end up having a problem with their routine activities. Anxiety, if not treated, will end up interfering with a person’s work or schooling activities, sleeping patterns as well as their eating habits.
Having this condition is not the end. It’s possible to regain a sense of control and get back to your normal routine. Effective therapy helps you to deal with the symptoms associated with this condition. Through the therapy sessions, the patient will be able to identify the triggers and how to relieve anxiety through different techniques.
Collaboration and communication are very important elements of the anxiety treatment plan. Both the client and therapist have to work together in the recovery process. The treatment plan may involve lifestyle adjustments and treatments that will help the client deal with anxiety. Therapy helps the client to address the triggers and source of the problem, not just the symptoms. Some of the treatments may include relaxation techniques, stress-management techniques, meditation, exercises, group and family therapy, and more.