Many people have been there: the anxious, worried feeling before you give a presentation or sit for an exam. This is a natural reaction to stressful situations. However, many people feel this kind of anxiety, fear and worry outside of these challenging situations. If you believe these feelings are impacting your daily life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is not a single condition, but rather an umbrella term that is used for a group of related conditions; such as acute stress disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorders. Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state and affects the emotions and behaviours of an individual; it can create feelings of fear, worry, concern and uneasiness. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressful situation, and can often help an individual to deal with a difficult situation. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, it can be considered a disorder.
Anxiety treatment from a psychologist might help because these symptoms indicate you might be struggling with an anxiety disorder such as:
Generalised anxiety disorder – excessive worry about work, relationships, finances, health or other factors in normal daily life.
Agoraphobia – intense fear of open spaces or a fear of leaving the home.
Obsessive compulsive disorder – an inability to control intrusive, unwanted thoughts which are temporarily alleviated by engaging in routine behaviours.
Social anxiety disorder – excessive worry about others’ negative comments and feeling anxious in public.
Panic disorder – sudden scary and intense physical and emotional reactions in certain situations (panic attacks) followed by a constant fear of having another attack.
Specific phobias – excessive fear about specific everyday themes such as dying, driving, your health or failure.
Substance-induced anxieties – brought on by the use of unhealthy substances.
If you are experiencing anxiety, it is important to seek help from a qualified health professional as soon as possible. The therapists at Western Plains Psychology can provide support for people who are anxious by developing an individual treatment plan.