Many people become so angry and frustrated with their anxiety because they know that the thoughts and fears they have are not rational. So they can be very hard on themselves which just makes the problem worse and they are reluctant to seek help.
Anxiety symptoms arise naturally from the limbic system – our flight or fight response – that then gets out of control. And like a wind that fans flames and can create a massive forest fire, so anxiety can spread into all areas of our lives.
An anxiety will manifest as panic attacks or an anxiety attack when the body is preparing to fight or to flee but nothing comes of it – i.e. there is no action that discharges the preparation. And then the body in effect goes into a panic mode which causes great discomfort and fear.
An effective PTSD and trauma counsellor knows that de-traumatisation is the key to effective trauma treatment. Fortunately, this can be achieved quite easily – for virtually all trauma and loss.
Most phobias are quite straightforward to deal with
Worrying creates stress, and stress is a health risk as blood pressure may rise, causing sleepless nights and affects on digestion, immunity – even your sex life. But worry isn’t all bad – the ability to be aware of possible dangers and prepare for them has been a crucial factor in the development and survival of mankind.
Social anxiety are the intense emotions around social situations of all kinds. .
Performance anxiety and particularly stage fright and anxieties over sexual performance gain their power by presenting as being a direct threat to our self worth or even very existence.
Anxiety self help can never be as precise as for depression. So it may well be that external help will be necessary – as long as it is the right kind of help.
This selection of twelve Anxiety case studies gives a flavour of the immense variation of how an anxiety can manifest – a hydra headed monster indeed.