Have you ever experienced a fealing of uneasiness before a job interview or while waiting for the results of a medical test?
Certain challenging situations in life cause us to get a very awful feelings and make us feel worried about things. On those occasions we may experience a multitude of both physical and emotional symptoms including palpitations. sweating. feeling shortness of breath or smothering. sensation of choking. chest pains or tightness. nausea or gastrointestinal problems. Even the fear of “going crazy” or losing control or worrying about anxiety itself, for example worrying about when panic attacks might happen.
Those are all signs of anxiety.
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This is normal. But for some people, these feelings of anxiety are more than just passing worries or a stressful day at work. Your anxiety may not go away for many weeks, months, or years. It can worsen over time, sometimes becoming so severe that it interferes with your daily life. When this happens, it’s said that you have an anxiety disorder.
There are several different conditions within the spectrum of anxiety disorders, social anxiety, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, ossessive compulsive disorder (OCD), selective mutism and specific phobias.
You may start avoiding appointments or social situations fearing that your anxiety problem will get worse, but eventually your worries and fears will prevent you from living your life the way you’d like to.
Sure, you may go visit a doctor at the hospital and he’ll gives you a prescription for some medications to control your anxiety. The problem with this kind of drugs however, is that they don’t really cure your anxiety, they only will put a temporary patch on it, untill you keep taking it (as for alchol or other “self-medications”). In time, you may even develop a dangerous addiction to those meds.
While having an anxiety disorder can be disabling, preventing you from living the life you want, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health issues, and are highly treatable.
At MindMatters, we are skilled in giving help to individuals and to teach them how to reduce anxiety naturally and to cope with it. With counseling and cognitive-behavioural techniques you will be able to reduce your symptoms and regain control of your life permanently.