Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion. However, anxiety can also be a major problem that affects many people’s lives.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that has good and bad effects on your life. It can make you feel tense, worried or scared, and it can cause physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath and headaches.
Anxiety disorders are more than just “feeling anxious” or having occasional panic attacks and they affect millions of people around the world. They can include:
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – Feeling restless and worried much of the day.
Panic disorder – Feelings of apprehension, fear or dread that can range from very mild to severe.
Social anxiety – Fear of being the object of attention in social situations such as speaking in front of groups, eating in public etc.
Panic attacks – Recurrent unexpected panic attacks that occur several times a week for at least six months.
Your doctor can help you figure out what’s causing your anxiety and how best to treat it. You may need medication or other forms of treatment for anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or panic disorder.
The first step to getting help is to recognize that you have a problem. This is not easy, but it can be done. If you are suffering from anxiety, there is no shame in seeking out the help of a professional counsellor. There are many different types of anxiety counselling available, and each offers unique benefits for those who suffer from this condition.
Anxiety counselling is very effective in helping people overcome their fears and phobias. It also helps them come up with strategies for dealing with their fears and phobias on a daily basis. For example, if someone suffers from extreme claustrophobia (fear of being trapped), they might be able to overcome this fear by learning how to deal with it while they are trapped in an elevator or confined space such as a subway train or airplane.
If someone suffers from panic attacks, they might be able to learn how to cope with these attacks by using breathing exercises or relaxation techniques during their attacks instead of running away from them as fast as possible or trying to escape the situation altogether. This type of therapy can also be used along with other forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for more effective results.