Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of being on edge, tense or overwhelmed.
Anxiety can be appropriate and a positive defence mechanism in some circumstances. However, if anxiety is enduring or experienced regularly, it can interfere with an individual’s ability to lead a healthy life. People facing anxiety may withdraw from situations which have provoked anxiety in the past. The Australian Department of Health reports Australians suffer anxiety at a rate of:
• 25% during their lifetime
• 15% in any given year
Anxiety can often be associated with other conditions such as depression or substance abuse.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety is associated with a range of physical and psychological symptoms that can be highly debilitating. Physical changes may be recognised as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath, muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue, headache, heart palpitations, gut problems, chest pains, shaking, lack of concentration and dizziness. Psychological symptoms resulting from anxiety can include insomnia, constant worry, feeling irritable or angry, and a general feeling of detachment or loss of control.
Common symptoms of anxiety may include:
Treatment For Anxiety
The focus of therapy is to free the sufferer from anxiety, which means identifying and treating its causes. My approach is drawn from a range or therapeutic approaches and also include mindfulness training and neurofeedback.