Psychology Session

 ANXIETY 

It is normal to worry and feel tension or fear when facing pressures or stressful situations. Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Disguised as feelings of fear or apprehension about the uncertainty of life, anxiety is an important emotion that motivates us to take action and succeed in our lives. Whenever we detect a ‘threat’ to our well-being, relationships, emotional, or physical safety, our nervous system creates a ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ response, making it crucial for self-preservation. 

 

Definition

 Anxiety Disorders refer to the sensation or feeling of fear or apprehension that lingers with you all the time. It can be intense, overwhelming, and debilitating. For example, this anxiety may cause you to stop doing things that you enjoy or from functioning effectively during your day-to-day activities. 

Common Symptoms
  • An increased heart rate

  • Feelings of nausea or dizziness

  • Increased difficulty focusing

  • Panic attacks

  • Difficult sleeping

  • Increased agitation

  • Increased sweating or hyperventilating 

  • Feeling weak or lethargic

  • Gastrointestinal concerns, such as gas, diarrhea, or constipation

  • Feelings of dread or panic

  • Increasing avoidant behaviours

  • Increasing tightness in chest or pain

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Constantly worrying

Is it Time to Make a Change?

Many people experience anxiety in various ways, such that they may get nervous before the first day of a new job or before going on a trip; however, if your feelings of anxiety are extreme and are interfering with your life or responsibilities, it is time to seek professional help. Developing tools that you can use consistently to regulate your experience of anxiety is important for maintaining relationships and day-to-day functioning, making decisions, maintaining focus, and continuing to grow and develop.