Treatment and Help for Anxiety Disorders and Phobias!
How to Deal With Anxiety Disorders..
- Stress from Extreme Anxiety
- What is an Anxiety Disorder?
- Symptoms of Extreme Anxiety Disorders
Social anxiety affects everyone and in some it can escalate into full blown panics attacks. Lots of things around us can cause anxiousness, from bad news read in the media to disasters, unpaid bills, and difficult financial circumstances, to a job interview. Many well known medial websites like Web MD, Mayo Clinic and UK NHS on the internet detail the dangers of anxiety that can affect your life and those around you in many ways. Modern technology has made new phobias arise, increased social anxiety disorders, and these all contribute to chronic levels of stress!
Upcoming exams, a job interview, a first date, or experiencing something for the first time like going on an airplane can all cause nervousness and anxiety. That feeling of butterflies in your stomach, racing heart, sweaty palms, are all normal caused by instinct ‘fight or flight protective responses‘ every human and animal are born with…
Certain anxiety disorders develop into more serious issues called phobias, which can cause serious fear escalating into full blown panic attacks, and these are not easy to overcome without professional help. There are symptoms that can help you identify that you suffer from extreme anxiety, and the use of self help techniques, or assistance from therapy can help you overcome them to live a normal balanced life.
Although self help programs like relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and meditation can help in most cases, for extreme anxiety, acute phobias, and chronic stress it is sensible to seek out therapy and counseling from professionals.
As previously mentioned in other articles on this website, normal anxiety leads to stress, triggering the fight or flight response mode which is an instinct wired into everyone for protection. The bad side of extreme anxiety is that it will cause stress overload, with the fight or fight tension response staying activated or ‘constantly on’ which is unhealthy. Staying under constant emotional pressure like this without relief can even be life threatening.
External factors real or imagined can cause you to experience unrelenting fear, and be anxious, with some common examples ranging from being in danger of losing your job, to being a victim of crime, disaster, terrorist threat, accident or family crisis.
Understanding and coping with anxiety disorders, panic and phobias, and what triggers them, can help you manage, and cope with the situations causing you to be fearful and nervous, or find the right help to overcome them.
You will find more detailed information about stress on this website, and details of how excessive stress overload can affect your life in negative ways, that include making you ill, causing you to make bad decisions, and further negative repercussions. Instinctively the fight or flight response is wired into our makeup to help us to avoid dangerous situations (flight), or cope with issues that need to be faced head on (fight) as we have mentioned above.
Learning how to deal with anxiety effectively will help you manage the stress that is caused by the issue, and cope with the situation that causes you to fear, worry, and be anxious effectively.
Anxiety disorders are experienced differently by everyone, and what may seem a minor issue to you, can cause someone else to feel jittery, fearful and panicky. Victims suffering from extreme anxiety disorders like panic attacks will experience feelings of acute inadequacy to cope with an upcoming situation, magnifying their anxiety and stress, and if the person feels there is no escape complete blinding panic will be the result.
Intense stress caused by anxiety can cause someone to do something irrational, even increasing possibility of life threatening danger in trying to escape the situation. Phobias are similar to extreme anxiety disorders, but being all consuming fear, causing huge amounts of tension and stress, and even in these cases great measures will be taken to avoid the phobia or intense fear, which will affect the sufferers’ lifestyle.
How to Deal with Anxiety Fear and Worry.
Dealing with the stress from anxiety disorders is not always as simple as using relaxation techniques, and may require professional help. Just as stress can cause a nervous breakdown extreme anxiety and panic attacks have resulted in many waking up in hospital and not understanding what happened to cause it.
Anxiety panic attacks can happen without any warning, or they can build up from fear and worry that escalates until it is completely out of control. Understanding the cause of anxiety is the first step and then analyzing what factors are causing excessive nervousness and anxiousness.
People that are aware of suffering extreme anxiety in situations that can be normal for the next person can often become withdrawn, depressed and introverted. The tension and stress experienced from being anxious all the time needs to be dealt with starting with understanding what is causing the excessive fear or worry.
Research indicates that anxiety disorders fall into different categories shown below:
- General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive compulsive anxiety disorders (OCD)
- Panic attacks disorder
- Phobia anxiety disorders,
- Traumatic anxiety Stress disorder ( PTSD)
- Social anxiety disorder
Ongoing research in learning how to help sufferers deal with anxiety, has pinpointed symptoms and triggers of anxiety disorders, and develop the most effective ways of treating them. Panic attacks and anxiety disorders have both intense emotional and physical symptoms, and sometimes they will be triggered without warning.
An anxiety attack can occur from a first time experience, and knowing what it was, and if the situation can be avoided in the future can be simple. However, if extreme anxiety is caused by everyday situations, then treating the anxiety can be more complex. Lets review some of the anxiety disorders people suffer from below:
Generalized Anxiety disorders are feelings of anxiousness and worry that can be experienced almost everyday about situations you think are going to occur, or fearing the worst about the outcome of a scenario. People that suffer from a generalized anxiety complex have busy minds consonantly playing out what the worst is that can happen, and portraying every situation out into a negative one.
Extreme panic attacks anxiety disorders are uncontrolled full blown fear, causing you to experience extreme symptoms that may include fainting, and further acute physical symptoms that make you feel you are dying. (See more about these symptoms below).
Obsessive Compulsive disorders are uncontrolled behaviors or unshakable thoughts that something is wrong or something will happen if… These could be recurring worry or fear about the house burning down, because you are certain you never turned off the gas, or picking up an infectious disease, causing uncontrollable urges to wash your hands over and over again. The feeling that you have forgotten to do something can escalate into full blow fear convincing you to return and repeat a process over and over again…
Phobia anxieties are extreme fears of situations, objects or animals, insects and even places. People with phobias go to great lengths to avoid these situations. Some examples are arachnophobia fear of spiders, agoraphobia fear of public and open spaces, fear of driving and fear of flying but there are many others, and even new phobias of technology.
Social anxiety disorders are the fears of meeting people, crowded places, attending social events and gatherings, even family gatherings. Extreme shyness, the fear of being humiliated in front of others, and worrying about what people think of them, make sufferers become withdrawn and eventually become an extreme introvert to fall into this anxiety category.
Post Traumatic stress disorders are the anxiety experienced after extreme life threatening experiences, with the mind playing the occurrence over and over again in the mind, using different scenarios and outcomes like what the worst case scenarios could or what could have been done to change what happened during the event. Soldiers, victims or crime, and self blame for losing a loved one, can all lead to suffering post traumatic stress. Counseling and therapy are the best courses of treatment to deal with this anxiety disorder.
Living in a state of tension and stress means you are probably suffering from an anxiety disorder, and the stress you are subject to, can begin affecting your health, relationships, job and friendships. If you are experiencing constant worry, find it hard coping with everyday responsibilities, are fearful, but cannot pinpoint the cause, or feel like there is something that is going to happen beyond your control, you are suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Once you accept you have a problem you can take steps to learn how to deal with anxiety by choosing the correct form of treatment. Symptoms of anxiety causing stress are both emotional and physical in nature.
- Excessive worry feelings of fear and apprehension.
- Trouble with concentration on any tasks at hand.
- Feelings of tension and being jittery.
- Fearing the worst could happen at any moment.
- Feelings of agitation and being irritable.
- Restlessness and feeling unsettled.
- Convinced that danger is imminent!
Besides the emotional stress from being anxious and fearful all the time, extreme anxiety disorders have a wide range of symptoms that are physical, and emotional, and the acuteness of these vary according to the level of anxiety. Sometimes a panic attack may happen without warning in a first time situation, or build up from worry and fear leading up to an event. The duration of anxiety attack can last up to half an hour at most, before subsiding, and some can be extremely intense experiences. To learn how to deal with an anxiety; understanding the emotional and physical symptoms is helpful.
The physical symptoms of anxiety disorder can manifest into real medical illnesses and although doctors may treat a specific symptom they may not be aware that anxiety is the actual cause of the illness. Panic attacks can make a victim feel like they are having a heart attack or stroke or even believe they are dying! After suffering from a panic or extreme anxiety attack the victim starts worrying whether they will have another new attack causing the cycle to repeat itself all over again.
Physical Symptoms Manifesting from extreme anxiety can be:
- Racing or Pounding heart and chest pain
- Excessive Sweating and clammy hands.
- Stomach pain neck and shoulder tension.
- Diarrhea and nausea.
- Breathlessness and throat clenching up.
- Shaking and trembling.
- Hot and cold flushes.
- Tension Headaches and feeling dizzy.
- Weakness in the limbs.
- Insomnia and nightmares.
- Full Blown uncontrollable panic.
Knowing how to deal with anxiety starts with understanding what causes it. Although natural remedies for treating generalized fears and anxiety can be applied, victims of extreme panic attacks and phobias may need professional help, ranging from counseling to therapy, and psychologist sessions.
Normal; anxiety can stem from worrying about a difficult task that has to be completed, writing a test or exam, work pressures, or troubled relationships. Proper relaxation techniques and stress management can help deal with these anxieties effectively.
By pinpointing whether you have extreme anxiety issues you can decide what the best course of action is to get the right help. For phobias avoidance will not be a solution, and facing your fear to see that there actually is nothing to really worry about is the best way to overcome these problems.
For social anxiety disorders, extreme shyness, and agoraphobia self help step by step programs are available and best done with the help of someone close to you if possible.
Stress management programs are vital to bring life back into balance, calmness and harmony and the many relaxation techniques from meditation to mindfulness training are effective. Extreme anxiety, chronic stress, and worry and not only affect you but those around you so treatment is vital if you realize you are not coping. Modern lifestyles being fast paced and city life can cause high levels of stress and anxiety, and taking time to step back and evaluate your lifestyle is sometimes important to see where you can make necessary adjustments for coping better.
- Identify what is causing anxiety. Keeping a diary of what is worrying you, and the list of problems causing you to be anxious allows you to address them better. Now it is possible to even use applications and memos on a Smartphone, or your computer to write things out. When you see what you have written, you will realize that the worries are manageable and plans of actions can be formulated which will immediately reduce stress levels.
- Schedule Relaxation and Meditation Periods. Make time everyday to apply relaxation techniques that you prefer whether it is meditation with the help of calming music, or practicing yoga and exercise. This is a great way to release pent up stress and meditation helps focus on solving problems subconsciously.
- Accept You Cannot Change Certain Factors. Being bombarded with negativity in the media causes many to be anxious about a possible disaster, terrorism, adverse weather, or high levels of crime. Accept that these are all part of life which you have no control over. Avoid playing out possible worst case scenarios about what could happen, and rather focus on positive actions and goals.
- Practice Mindfulness Training. Mindfulness training focuses on the here and now and teaches you to let go of the past while shaping your future into a positive happy experience. Practice Mindfulness meditation, muscle relaxation, and deep breathing exercise techniques all which will help you deal with anxiety.
- Implement a Healthy Lifestyle. This means eating healthy, having a regular routine, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise and participating in activities you enjoy.
Although you can learn how to deal with anxiety and manage chronic stress levels by means of self help programs, if you are not making progress and continue to have extreme anxiety it is better to get professional help.
A first step is speaking with your doctor that can refer you to a therapist, psychologist or counselor. Starting off by getting a full medical checkup and finding you are all clear can already help relieve stress and anxiety of thinking you are suffering from a chronic illness or life threatening diseases.
Extreme Anxiety disorders can be treated effectively with therapy and some treatments may include medications which help for depression, extreme nervousness, and insomnia. Qualified professionals will evaluate your anxiety problem, the severity and work out a treatment plan suitable to help you overcome it.