1. What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a state of apprehension and fear as about future uncertainties resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or imagined threatening event or situation. As a result, the person behaves more anxiously than normal. In other words, anxiety is an umbrella term used for a vast variety of symptoms of anxiety and depression and a range of psychological disorders. It is not a biological, medical, chemical, or genetic problem but disruption to normal functioning. It is the most common mental health condition among Australians. In a year, over 2 million* Australians experience anxiety. The sooner people with anxiety get help, the more likely they are to recover.
2. What causes Anxiety?
Anxiety is often caused by external stressors, such as a significant life change regardless if positive or negative. However, there is no single cause but rather some risk factors that may contribute to developing an anxiety condition.
A family history of mental health conditions :
People who have a genetic predisposition towards anxiety and these conditions can sometimes run in the family. Having a parent or close relative experience anxiety or other mental health condition doesn't mean the person will automatically inherit anxiety.
Personality factors :
Children who are perfectionists, easily flustered, timid and shy, lack self-esteem or want to control everything, tend to develop anxiety during childhood, adolescence or as adults.
Ongoing stressful events :
Pressure at work/school, beginning a new job, losing a job, getting married, getting divorced, financial challenges, change in living arrangements, moving to a new country, pregnancy and giving birth, death or loss of a loved one, verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma.
Physical health problems :
Chronic physical illness can also lead to increased worries regarding one’s health, and can also result from certain medications or impact on the treatment. Some physical conditions can mimic anxiety conditions, like an overactive thyroid. The other common chronic diseases associated with anxiety conditions include diabetes, asthma, hypertension and heart disease. These side effects should be discussed with the physician or pharmacist if they become problematic.
Other mental health conditions :
Some people may experience an anxiety condition on their own. Depression and anxiety conditions often occur together, and it’s important to get professional assistance for the conditions at the same time.
Substance use :
Alcohol and drug use can lead to people developing a substance use problem along with their anxiety condition.
3. How do I know if I have Anxiety?
Remember that everyone is different, and it's often a combination of factors that can contribute to developing an anxiety condition. It's important to watch out for the signs and symptoms and seek support for therapies. The symptoms of anxiety conditions are sometimes not all that obvious as they often develop over time. Definitely, we all experience some anxiety at various points in our lives, it can be hard to know how much is too much. While each anxiety condition has its unique features, there are some common symptoms including:
Physical Symptoms :
The most frequently reported symptoms of anxiety are physical in nature. Often, people describe heart pounding or palpitations, headaches, restlessness, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, sweating and hot flashes. Also, anxiety can create an urge for frequent urination/diarrhoea or can manifest as twitches and tremors, general fatigue, muscle tension and insomnia.
Psychological Symptoms :
Excessive fear, worrying, catastrophizing problems, or obsessive thinking. Anxiety attacks may be immediate, but often there is no clear trigger for these attacks as they appear ‘out of the blue’ and do not give much warning. Psychological symptoms peak within the first 10 minutes after onset and can last as long as half an hour.
Anxiety results from a particular style of behaviour. Avoidance of situations makes the person feel anxious which can impact his studies, work or social life.
Emotional Symptoms :
Feeling a very intense fear or worry frequently accompanied by difficulties concentrating, irritability, restlessness, feelings of dread and apprehension, always being on the lookout for signs of danger or possible adverse outcome and even feelings that the situation is not ‘real’.
4. How bad could Anxiety affect men and women in particular?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects twice as many women as men, and the severity makes the normal life and relationships become impaired. Anxiety activates the stress response which stresses the body. As a result, the stress hormones enter the bloodstream, and they travel to the targeted spots in the body to bring about specific necessary response changes. These changes prepare the body for rapid action. The majority of symptoms in women and men are similar, but there are a few differences.
Since stress hormones affect other hormones, women experience a broad range of sensations as it affects the female menstruation cycle. Many women experience increases in anxiety-related symptoms in association with their pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and menopause. Women are more emotionally-centered than men, so their anxiety symptoms can seem more frequent and daunting.
Men also face challenges, as stress hormones also impact the male hormones. Men who are more emotionally-centered can also struggle more with anxiety symptoms. Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where one feels under pressure, the feeling usually passes once the stressful situation ends.
5. What is the best way to overcome anxiety?
Understanding anxiety is a fundamental component to successful treatment of anxiety disorder. Most people struggle with anxiety because they don't understand it (fear of the unknown) or know how it can make a person feel so inadequate. Good self-help information and professional coaching/therapy will help understand what anxiety really is, why it occurs, how it affects the body, the symptoms, and more importantly how to decrease anxiety, ways to overcome anxiety and remedies for anxiety. The more you know about anxiety, the better off you'll be.
An experienced anxiety disorder therapist can help identify the underlying factors and help you address them.
Ayurvedic approach gets at the root of anxiety disorder and not just addresses the symptoms. Once the root cause of anxiety disorder has been addressed, the condition and its symptoms subside on their own.
While there are many so-called “quick fix anxiety remedies” and “miracle cures” to crack anxiety disorder, none of them provides lasting results, because none of them gets to the cause. Anxiety never disappears on its own; we will have to work at it to successfully address it. The good news is that Ayurclinic can provide you with the right information, help and support.
6. How good is Ayurclinic as an anxiety helpline?
To help people effectively address anxiety, Ayurclinic began offering personal anxiety therapy, yoga and meditation in 1993 that has made a significant difference. Ayurclinic owns the best anxiety disorder specialists who contribute self-help information and natural treatment for anxiety. The results are tangible. Ayurclinic's anxiety therapy is highly successful and works time and time again. Be assured that the best anxiety therapists to work with are at Ayurclinic.
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