Do I have anxiety?
How do I know I have anxiety? / Does someone close to me have anxiety?
Everyone experiences anxiety in stressful situations. The difference between normal levels of anxiety and an anxiety disorder is the amount the anxiety interferes with your ability to live your life. If the anxiety stops you living your life fully and interferes with your day to day life then it’s important to seek help.
If you have some of the following symptoms and you have experienced them for a while, then you may have an anxiety disorder:
Feeling constantly on edge, worried or tense
An inability to work, go to school or have relationships as a result of the anxiety
A feeling that danger is never far away
Fears that are recurrent and irrational but impossible to stop
Avoiding day to day situations for fear of anxiety occurring
Fear that something bad will happen if things are not done in a certain way
Sudden and unexpected attacks of panic
Adapted from helpguide.org
If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms and have been doing so for a while please seek out some help. Don’t go it alone. Anxiety is very treatable and the quicker you get help, the quicker you’ll feel better. Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who is the best fit for you
Anxiety is a set of disorders rather than one specific disorder. This means the signs and symptoms of anxiety can look different in different people. For instance one person may constantly feel tense and worry about anything and everything. Another person may experience panic attacks in a certain situation but not be anxious in other situations.
To find out more about the different types of anxiety, click on the links below:
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