ANXIETY COUNSELLING MELBOURNE
- Do you have concerns which grow into a snowball of worries?
- Do you often experience hot and cold flushes, or racing of the heart?
- Do you feel a grip in the chest or butterfly in the stomach?
What is Anxiety?
We use the word Anxiety
to describe a pervasive feeling of dread or apprehension
that is not associated with a particular object or event.
The difference is, when feeling fear
we can point to the cause of it (e.g. fear of public speaking, fear of flying), however when experiencing anxiety
we feel apprehensive without knowing exactly why
When anxiety strikes, people have a sense of doom but they don't know why.
Also, anxiety is usually more insidious and diffuse, and generally tends to last longer than fear.
Common symptoms of Anxiety
- nervousness, a general feeling of apprehension and looming doom
- a feeling of frustration or irritability
- uncomfortable alertness
- feeling "on the edge"
- excessive worry and a concentration of thoughts of troublesome content (e.g. "racing of the mind")
- tension in the muscles
- sensations of light-headedness, dizziness or faintness
- hot and cold flushes
- "butterflies" in the stomach
When describing their anxiety, people usually describe what they cannot
- cannot relax
- cannot stay still
- cannot fall asleep
- cannot "quiet the mind"
- cannot "calm the heart"
- cannot focus or concentrate
- cannot control or stop the worrying thoughts
Please note, occasionally everyone experiences Normal Anxiety
. Before an important event, such as a final examination, a first date or an important speech it is normal to feel somehow anxious or nervous.
What are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety Disorders are characterised by intense, frequent and difficult to control feelings of apprehension, nervousness and worry that cause marked distress, difficulty and misery to the afflicted person. Usually the afflicted persons experience the symptoms of anxiety as an ever-present condition ("This is how I am").
The inability to control the unpleasant feelings of anxiety, nervousness and worry usually leads to a marked increase in the same unpleasant feelings. Indeed, it feels frustrating to be told "Don't Worry!" as this usually makes the feelings grow worse.
People affected by anxiety disorders may become depressed too because they do not see any ways to alleviate the initial symptoms of anxiety.
Elevated levels of anxiety could lead to maladaptive results such as:
- the loss of a job because of inability to leave one's home
- relationship problems because of ceaseless irritability
- the loss of a deserved promotion because of the anxiety of leading meetings or the anxiety of delivering public speeches
- the neglect of familial duties and social obligations because of the intense anxiety and preoccupation with a coming event
- failing an exam/test because of the very intense preoccupation with the same exam/test
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Types of Anxiety Disorders
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)
- Social Anxiety
(or Social Phobia)
- Panic Attack and Panic Disorder
- GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
Please note that the information on this page and the related pages should not be used for self-diagnosis. If you feel that you can relate to one or more of the anxiety disorders described at the links above, contact me for a confidential discussion and to get help for your problem.
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