All about Anxiety
Anxiety explained / Understanding anxiety
Everyone feels anxious from time to time. In fact it’s normal and sometimes helpful to feel anxious. Anxiety can spur you on to do things or can be a warning sign that you need to take extra care in a certain situation. However, when anxiety becomes constant and starts to interfere with your life and your relationships then you have crossed the line from normal levels of anxiety to what could be an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is different to stress. Most people feel nervous before giving a presentation or before sitting a big exam. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t get butterflies in your stomach before proposing to your loved one but unhealthy levels of anxiety are when you feel persistent and severe fear or worry in situations where other people wouldn’t feel threatened. People with high levels of anxiety are constantly worried, tense or on edge. They feel danger is always just around the corner and they often start to avoid situations that make them feel anxious. After a while this avoidance starts to have an effect on their lives, their relationships and their levels of happiness.
The good news is help is readily available for the treatment of anxiety. Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who is the best fit for you
There are different types of anxiety:
Some people worry constantly, this is called Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Some people worry about specific things like spiders, flying in a plane or standing at heights, this is called a Phobia
Some people have thoughts or behaviour that are impossible for them to stop or control, this is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Some people have panic attacks and live in fear of the next attack occurring, this is called Panic Disorder
Some people worry about how other people perceive them and of humiliating themselves in public, this is called Social Phobia
Anxiety responds very well to treatment and often in a relatively short amount of time. There are a number of treatments and self help techniques for reducing anxiety and for learning to live your life again to the full.
It can be helpful to read other people’s anxiety stories and what caused anxiety for them and how they have overcome it:
Recovery from anxiety
It’s good to know that recovery from anxiety is possible with the right treatment. Therapy alone, or a combination of medication and therapy are widely considered the most effective treatment for anxiety.
Did you realise research has shown that the relationship between you and your counsellor is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome? How do you know if the counsellor you find will be the best fit for you?
Select Counsellors provides a unique client counsellor matching service to ensure you see the right counsellor for you, first time. We have a pool of highly trained Sydney based counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists and will match you with the right therapist based on important information collected in a personalised assessment about you and your needs. At Select Counsellors our key priority is Finding you the One. To book an assessment click here or call on 1300 123 680 to speak in person with a Select Counsellor.
Click on the links below to find out more information on anxiety:
The Helpful Guide