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Counselling for Anxiety

Anxiety is a common emotion we face on a regular basis. We all experience anxiety while giving an examination, visiting the doctor or before any kind stage performance. However, when an individual faces anxiety at inappropriate levels regularly, it can be categorized as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a diffuse, vague, unpleasant feeling of fear and apprehension, for dealing with such anxiety, a person must take anxiety counselling.

Anxiety

Facts To Know!!

  • Anxiety disorders are treatable and yet only one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by co-occurring disorders.
  • Anxiety can cause a wide range of physical symptoms.
  • Women are more likely than men who have anxiety disorders.
  • There's more than one anxiety disorder out there.

Anxiety

Watch short video introduction on what Anxiety looks like.

What causes Anxiety?

  • Witnessing a traumatic experience or exposure, such as accidents or unpleasant circumstances.

  • Giving up after prolonged drug or alcohol induces higher level of anxiety.

  • Changes in brain chemistry due to medical factors, age, biological changes can lead to anxiety.

  • Future worries like money, protection, health, loneliness etc. can lead to anxiety.

Pale face

Shortness of breath

Inconsistent speech

Trembling/ shaking

Restlessness

Distracted thinking

Dry mouth

Negative thoughts

Symptoms of Anxiety?

Treatment

  • Psychotherapy- This way of treatment is done through talk therapy.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- CBT is a practical treatment, which involves teaching practical skills to deal with anxiety symptoms

  • Medication - Antidepressants are used to treat anxiety disorders.

  • Relaxation techniques are one of the best ways to deal with anxiety, one of them is progressive muscle relaxation.

 What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is common, and most often a healthy emotion. However, when an individual experiences disproportionate amounts of distress daily, it can become a serious mental health condition. Anxiety disorders are a cluster of mental health diagnosis, which contribute to extreme panic, fear, nervousness, etc., which leads to need of anxiety disorder treatment.

It is natural to be nervous to relocate to a new place, start a new career, or take an exam. However this kind of nervousness can be stressful, but it can lead one to be motivated to move towards their goal and get the best of it. Regular anxiety is an emotion that comes and goes, but it does not mess with daily life.

 What are the types of anxiety disorders?

 Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 - Having next to zero explanation, you feel serious, unreasonable concern, and pressure. GAD is a common anxiety condition that includes excessive and persistent anxiety, nervousness, and stress. Except for phobia, where your fear is tied to a single thing or circumstance, GAD’s anxiety spreads — a general sense of apprehension or unease that colors your whole life. GAD can be treated by taking online counselling for anxiety.

 Panic Disorder

 - You experience a sudden, intense fear that welcomes a fit of anxiety. You can break out in transpiration, have chest torment, and have a pounding heartbeat during a fit of anxiety. When you experience a sudden, crippling fear that has no apparent source, you might have a panic attack. Physical signs may be encountered, such as a pounding heart, trouble breathing, and sweating.

 Phobia -

 When an individual goes through an extreme fear of anything, which in reality create no or very little danger to them is called phobia. There are many specific phobias which include heights, fear of sharp objects, flying insects, snakes, lizards. It has been observed that almost all phobias people developed are in their childhood, but a person can develop a phobia in later life. As phobias are the type of anxiety these can be treated by taking online counselling for anxiety.

 Social Anxiety Disorder -

 Feeling anxious in some social situations is common but when it occurs repeatedly, it is not a good sign. For instance, the sensation of butterflies in your stomach may be triggered by starting a relationship or making a presentation. However, everyday interactions lead to severe distress, paranoia, self-consciousness, and shame in social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, so you fear being investigated or judged by others. If you are going through same condition, you must take social anxiety online therapy for betterment of your condition.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Tightness in the throat or feeling like you’re choking
  3. Dry mouth
  4. Sweating
  5. Chills or hot flashes
  6. Trembling or shaking
  7. Numbness
  8. Nausea, abdominal pain, or upset stomach
  9. Headache
  10. Feeling faint or dizzy

What is an anxiety attack?

A sudden and prolonged episode of panic and anxiety is an anxiety attack. For no apparent cause, these anxiety disorders can also occur spontaneously, but they can also be related to particular stimuli.

An intense sense of anxiety and tension is a heart attack. Anxiety attack signs include:

  • Feeling like you're choking
  • Feeling like there is a heart attack on you
  • Shaking and sweating
  • A heart-racing heart
  • Breath shortages
  • Nausea and butterflies, or stomach pains
  • Feeling dizzy, faint, or lightheaded
  • A tingly or numb sensation

Panic attacks strike quickly and last anywhere from a couple of minutes to half an hour. Stress may sometimes cause panic attacks. Nevertheless, a family history of panic attacks, opioid and alcohol use, and some medical problems may also be associated with them.

Here, at hopequre we have certified online therapist for anxiety who can help you with deal with your mental health concern.

What are the Causes of Anxiety Disorder?

  • Stressful job
  • driving
  • Social awkwardness
  • Drugs withdrawal
  • Extreme Caffeine
  • Medication and supplements
  • Thyroid problems

Are there tests that diagnose anxiety?

The practitioner can use different screening tests to rule out physical injury as the cause of the symptoms, but there are no laboratory tests to directly identify anxiety disorders.

The client can be referred to a doctor or psychologist, a mental health specialist who is medically qualified to identify and treat mental disorders. To assess a person with an anxiety condition, therapists and psychologists use specially developed interview and test devices while taking counselling for anxiety problems.

Risk Factors for Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety is often triggered by potential threats to the environment, but some people are more likely to respond than others around them.

According to the MHFA study, those at higher risk are those who:

  • Have a fragile temperament
  • Abuse of alcohol
  • Have a horrible past for you
  • Difficult childhood
  • Family history of anxiety
  • Divorce and Breakup

What are treatments for anxiety?

There are many efficient therapies available for anxiety disorder treatment. These treatments may be used to treat a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, but they may also help to reduce overall symptoms of anxiety.

Psychotherapy focuses on modifying the feelings, impulses, and habits of fear.

There are several different forms of psychotherapy, but two of them are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety is counseling for anxiety problems that includes the detection of automatic negative thinking behaviors correlated with symptoms of fear. If these have been established, people can learn to consciously challenge those ideas and replace them with more rational ones.
  • Exposure therapy is a technique that may be useful in the treatment of some forms of anxiety, including serious phobias. People are increasingly introduced to the dreaded object or condition when performing calming techniques. Eventually, the source of their fear becomes less frightening.

What natural remedies are used for anxiety?

Few natural ways to overcome anxiety.

  • Stress control -

     Restrict the possible causes of stress management. Keep an eye on demands and commitments, arrange challenging activities on to-do lists, and take adequate time away from professional or educational responsibilities.
  • Calming techniques

    - such methods can help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, including deep breathing exercises, long baths, meditation, yoga, and relaxing in the dark.
  • Activities to substitute negative feelings with positive ones

    - Write down a list of all negative thoughts and make another list of positive thoughts to replace them. Image yourself effectively confronting and overcoming a particular fear may also be helpful if the signs of anxiety are related to a specific stressor.
  • Support network -

    Speak to a supporting person, such as a family member or a mentor. Stop retaining and manipulating anxious thoughts as this can intensify anxiety disorders.
  • Exercise:

    Physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle will enhance self-image and cause the release of chemicals in the brain that promote positive emotions.If exercise deosn’t work in your case you must take anxiety counselling.
  • Strategies relating to time control

    - Some people are anxious if they have too many obligations at once. These can include behaviors related to families, employment, and fitness. Getting a plan in place for the next step that is required will help hold this fear at bay. Efficient techniques for time control can allow people to work on one job at a time. As well as fighting the temptation to multitask, book-based schedulers and online calendars will help.
  • Aromatherapy -

    Smelling calming plant oils can help to alleviate tension and anxiety. Certain scents perform well on certain people than others, so try playing with a range of choices. Lavender can be extremely beneficial. The 2012 research examined the impact of lavender aromatherapy on insomnia in 67 women aged 45–55 years. The findings indicate that aromatherapy can reduce the heart rate in the short term and help to relieve sleep problems in the long term.

Anxiety disorder treatment depends on psychotherapy, medicine, and behavioral changes. Treatment would be different for each person based on the type of anxiety disorder they have and the presence of any underlying disorders.

Self-management is the first step in controlling nervous emotions, which also includes coping strategies, healthy lifestyles, and successful time management. If these steps do not control anxiety responses, you can seek counseling for anxiety. Here at hopequre, we have a vast range of online therapists for anxiety available.

Can foods help to treat anxiety? 

Leafy green veggie

Leafy greens, such as spinach and Swiss chard, may allow those with anxiety to feel calmer. Some researchers have shown that improvements in magnesium homeostasis may play a role in the development of affective disorders. However, the findings of such experiments are mixed. In experiments involving mice, researchers have found a causal association between magnesium and anxiety, regardless of whether these quantities are normally or experimentally decreased.

Oatmeal

This is a dynamic carb — slowly gets into your bloodstream and gives you a constant supply of energy that can help keep you on a keel. It will even give you a boost to a brain chemical called serotonin that can improve your mood.

Dark Chocolate's

The flavonoids in cocoa help to protect your cells. It's a form of antioxidant that can also help lower your blood pressure, increase your blood supply to your brain and heart, and make you less nervous. Dark stuff — at least 70% cocoa — is best, but don't overdo it. Chocolate coffee will make your anxiety worse if you get too much because no one wants a lot of excess fat and calories.

The oranges

You might think of vitamin C when you think of these citrus fruits, and that's a huge explanation for your anxiety. Some experiments have shown that a rich diet will help to relax you down and place you in a healthier state of mind.

Coffee

This one can be a blessing or a curse — caffeine is the problem. Your attitude and vitality can be improved by a few cups of black coffee a day, and up to four cups seem to be OK for most people. Although you can be jittery and nervous for more than that, and other people are more susceptible to it.

Tea with lavender

The ritual of a cup of tea has a soothing effect on others. Few plants, such as lavender and chamomile, can also help along with the antioxidants present in the tea leaves themselves. Only make sure that you're not getting too much caffeine. Lots of teas, too, have that.

Kiwi

The combination of vitamins C and E plus folate can help to reduce oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation, some initial studies also show. Moreover, they can help stimulate the development of serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and well-being.

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