Thrive Psychology


What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is experienced by everyone to various degrees. It is a natural part of life, that is essential to our well being. However, when it impairs our ability to carry out activities of daily living, then it becomes a problem and something that needs further understanding and management. Anxiety is a generalised feeling of fear or impending disaster. The body will trigger various physical responses which can be very uncomfortable, whilst our thoughts tend to further intensify these feelings.

What are the symptoms of Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterised by excessive worry, which an individual finds difficult to control. Key symptoms include:
  • Restlessness
  • Easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance
Plus physiological responses:
  • Heart racing
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Jelly legs
  • Nausea

What causes Anxiety?

Anxiety can be genetically predisposed. There can be a chemical imbalance within the brain that influences the regulation of various chemicals that regulate feelings and physical reactions. Certain life events can make people more susceptible to anxiety, and reduce their ability to cope.

How can Anxiety be treated?

Anxiety can be reduced through the introduction of a treatment program. Treatment may include individual therapy, and /or medication. Medication can assist with correcting any chemical imbalance that may have occurred and assist in the control of symptoms. Individual therapy assists people to understand how their behaviour and thoughts influence the symptoms of anxiety. It can assist to understand the cause; and affect change that is required to achieve the desired outcome.

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