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Anxiety counselling

Anxiety can show up anytime, anywhere, and with anybody. It can appear during the moments where we least expect it to. It can cause us to worry and have thoughts that keep playing over and over in our head. It is the voice that keeps telling us that something is going to go wrong, that we are not good enough, that voice that we just want to quiet but it keeps yelling at us inside our head.

We all experience anxiety in our lives. However, anxiety can become a problem when it affects our sleep, our relationships, our mood, our work, our eating habits, and our rest.

Signs that you might need help for your anxiety

1. You have difficulties falling asleep because you are worrying about the future

2. Your worries are affecting your day-to-day life

3. You have difficulties concentrating

4. Your worries are making you irritable and affecting your relationships

5. You avoid doing certain things, people, places because you are worried about what might happen

6. You notice yourself overeating or undereating

7. You are having frequent panic attacks

8. You notice yourself having increasing heart rates, stomach issues, feeling exhausted, but are not due to other medical conditions

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Know of someone who needs help? Feel free to contact us to book an appointment with our Counsellors or Psychologists. Let’s work together to help you and your loved ones manage anxiety better and live a more fulfilling life.

Types of anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety is not a short term disorder. It may last for years, sometimes more intense, sometimes less intense. However, it is completely normal to experience anxiety. Anxiety disorders affects 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety may affect a person’s life at home, work, relationships, or even when alone. It is important that we take the time to learn and find out what to do when we notice some signs of anxiety. Being on our page is a good start!

Here are some signs that someone who has Generalised Anxiety Disorder might face:

  • High levels of anxiousness or worrying for many days
  • Having difficulty controlling your worry
  • Feeling restless/On Edge
  • Easily fatigued
  • Constantly losing your train of thought
  • Irritable
  • Tense muscles
  • Disturbance in your sleep (e.g. Sleeping too little, too much, nightmares)

Put separately, they might not mean much, but if you notice yourself having multiple warning signs, do seek advise from a psychologist, counsellor, or your family doctor.

 

Social Anxiety / Performance Anxiety Disorder
Do you get nervous in presentations?

Notice yourself overthinking after meeting with friends?

Notice yourself not being present when around people?

These are some signs you might be experiencing social anxiety. Social anxiety is the intense, persistent fear of being watched or judged negatively by others in certain social situations. It also includes avoidance of anxiety-producing social situations.

Having anxiety about an upcoming interview, or an upcoming gathering is something we all experience. In contrast to our everyday anxiety and nervousness, social anxiety is more intense and can disrupt our daily routines, relationships and activities.

Common emotional and behavioural symptoms of social anxiety:

  • You fear situations that you may be judged negatively
  • You constantly worry about embarrassing yourself
  • You fear others noticing your anxious symptoms (e.g., blushing, sweating, trembling)
  • You avoid situations where you may be the centre of attention or speaking to people due to fear of embarrassment
  • You experience intense fear or anxiety when anticipating or during a social event
  • You reflect and analyse your performance and identify your flaws after a social situation
  • You often expect the worst possible outcome from a negative experience during a social situation

Common physical symptoms of social anxiety:

  • Sweating or Trembling
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Nausea or Stomach upset
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle tension

Only feeling anxious during presentations or performing in public? That might be Performance Anxiety.

Performance anxiety is also a type of social anxiety in which you experience an intense fear when performing or speaking in public only but not in common social situations.

Phobias
Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder that involves persistent or excessive fear of an object or situation. When you confront the cause of your fear, you may feel a strong sensation of dread or panic. A dread of a certain location, scenario, or thing. A phobia, unlike general anxiety disorders, is typically associated with something particular. They typically last more than 6 months. Phobias are closely related to panic attacks. When one encounters something that they have a phobia off, a panic attack might occur.​

 

Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or anxiety that trigger physical reactions like a pounding heart, fast breathing and sweating when there is no apparent danger or cause. Panic attacks are usually associated with the feelings of approaching doom. You might feel like you are losing control or going crazy, having a heart attack or even feel like you are dying.

Common symptoms of Panic Attacks:

  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rates
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breathing
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain/discomfort
  • Nausea/abdominal discomfort
  • Dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Chills/heat sensations
  • Out of body experiences
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Fear of losing control/dying

If reading any of these feels familiar to you in your life, or you have noticed signs of these in others around you, feel free to reach out to us. You can use the chat function to leave your contact name and number or click one of the buttons below to book a session.

Source:

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Anxiety disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm05

Mayo Clinic. (2018, May 4). Panic attacks and panic disorder. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/symptoms-causes/syc-20376021

Mayo Clinic. (2021, June 19). Social anxiety disorder (social phobia). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/social-anxiety-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20353561

Statistics: Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. Facts & Statistics | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. (n.d.). https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/facts-statistics

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