Happiness, joy, excitement, fear, sorrow are emotions or feelings we all experience, including anxiety. Almost everyone is born with the natural ability to experience these emotions as we go through life. There are circumstances where you will experience anxiousness; it is not an emotion reserved for just adults as science has shown that babies also experience anxiety.
As natural as being anxious is, a constant feeling of anxiety is not healthy. People who experience anxiety on a recurrent basis often exhibit emotional, psychological and even physical effects when left untreated.
Some symptoms, not exhaustive, of anxiety, include a wide variety of circumstances causes restlessness, panicking, fatigue, heart palpitations, nausea, cold sweats among several others and them. Examples of these circumstances include trauma such as rape, kidnapping, robbery and life events such as death, childbirth, etc.
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Although everyone experiences anxiety at several points, when uncontrolled or incessant; it could become a disorder which is broadly referred to as anxiety disorder. There are several subcategories of this disorder with the most popular in recent time being obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) where the patient finds him or herself having to repeat certain tasks. There was an article of a child who had to wash her hands three times before and after bathing because she was scared failure to do so would cause her parent to die.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder are other well-known anxiety disorders. With the advancement of science and technology, these disorders can all to a very high degree be treated successfully with medicine, therapy or a mixture of both. Recent studies have shown that therapy is a much less intrusive and lasting solution to these disorders leaving medication as a last resort for extreme cases.
There are several types of psychotherapy used to treat various anxiety disorders. The most common and highly recommended are cognitive behaviour therapy and exposure therapy. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is the most popular because it is documented to be faster and yields the best results for patients.
The therapist works with the patient to set the goal for the therapy, length of all sessions, time for sessions, how frequent the sessions need to be and all other necessary topics to ensure the patient is involved and his or her opinions captured in the treatment. This type of therapy seeks to change how one approaches situations or circumstances by providing patients with a structured and analytical approach to tackling situations.
Exposure therapy uses an approach that encourages you to face your fear instead of our natural instinct to avoid all fears. This type of therapy thrives on letting you face your struggles repeatedly that with time the fear loses its grip and no longer triggers you. A safe and controlled space is established for the patient to face their fears; this allows the person to take control over ‘feared’ situations or circumstances.
Although the above may be the two most popular therapy types, the therapist could still encourage you to try exercise, yoga, meditation and several others to augment these therapy solutions.
I am including here a link that explains what anxiety disorders are, causes, solutions and explains in-depth the two popular therapy treatments.
If you find yourself struggling to control your anxiety or you’re constantly in fear or panicked; seek medical attention and talk to someone that you trust that can help. If you’re unable to afford a doctor, there are several online counselling solutions with some being free. Get the support you need; you only have one life to live; make the most of it.