Anxiety & Panic Disorders
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.
Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
Zayn Malic stated that he finds being ‘straight up’ with people about his anxiety the best way to cope:
– Zayn Malic, Singer
These feelings of anxiety and panic can interfere with daily activities, be difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.
– Taylor Swift
Examples of anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. You can have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results from a medical condition that needs treatment.
Specific phobias are characterised by major anxiety when you’re exposed to a specific object or situation and a desire to avoid it. Phobias provoke panic attacks in some people.
Substance-induced anxiety disorder is characterized by symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are a direct result of misusing drugs, taking medications, being exposed to a toxic substance or withdrawal from drugs.
Other unspecified anxiety disorders are terms for anxiety or phobias that don’t meet the exact criteria for any other anxiety disorders but are significant enough to be distressing and disruptive.
Whatever form of anxiety you have, counselling can help.
When mindfulness, body relaxation, visualisation and breathing techniques are introduced when working with anxiety and stress, clients express feeling a calmer approach therapeutically by observing their physical sensations and emotions. These act as a barometer for our health and well-being, learning the triggers and early warning signals of stress long before it’s allowed to escalate into full-blown anxiety. Counselling can help you find the time to sit quietly and alone with yourself reflecting on your life more compassionately and without judgement. Paying attention to your feelings and sensations in the present moment, rather than getting caught up in excessive preoccupations with the past or imagined future catastrophe.
As a Humanistic therapist my approach to psychotherapy focuses on people’s individual nature rather than categorising groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. Humanistic therapy looks at the whole person, not only from the therapist’s view but from the viewpoint of individuals observing their own behavior. The emphasis is on a person’s positive traits and behaviors, and the ability to use their personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves.