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Anxiety

Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of fear or stress that is a normal response to a perceived threat.  It helps us deal with potentially harmful situations by triggering the fight/flight response allowing us to take appropriate action. However, when anxiety is persistent to the point it excessively interferes with everyday functioning it becomes a disorder. Anxiety manifests in a number of different forms.

 

Generalised Anxiety is characterized by excessive worry over an extended period of time, 6 months or more, and centres on real life situations such as finances or health as well as minor issues like being on time. Symptoms include restlessness, edginess, fatigue, muscle tension and disturbed sleep. 

 

Social Phobia is the persistent fear of social situations. People who experience this form of anxiety are afraid they will be judged or negatively evaluated by others.  Consequently, they experience intense reactions when participating in public speaking engagements, communicating with the opposite sex or interacting in social group settings. Not surprisingly, many people suffering social phobia avoid these situations all together.

 

Panic Attacks are sudden, unexpected and intense feelings of dread and terror resulting in symptoms of palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath dizziness and feeling detached from oneself.. Panic attacks typically occur when confronting or anticipating a particular situation.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Anxiety is characterised by persistent and uncontrollable obsessions which take the form of thoughts, images or feelings while compulsions are routines of repetitive behaviours.. These behaviours are functional in that they attempt to prevent or alleviate the feelings of anxiety.  Cleaning the house, checking for errors and hand washing are common types of compulsions. These rituals can imprison the life of the sufferer and consume time that would otherwise be spent doing every day activities.

 

Post Traumatic Stress can arise out of experiencing a traumatic event such as a serious accident, a crime or a natural disaster, shaking the sufferer’s sense of safety and security.  Post traumatic stress is characterized by nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance of trauma related triggers as well as intense body arousal.

Salvos Counselling offer trained counsellors who can provide support and comfort and help you to find other ways to manage especially if you are having trouble resolving the thoughts, feelings or behaviours connected with Anxiety