ANXIETY COUNSELLING

We all feel anxious sometimes. There may be important commitments that we don’t exactly know how to deal with, or an exam that we’re not so prepared for. These cause us to feel a certain deal of stress and paranoia. We start to think to ourselves, ‘What if I mess up?’. An optimum level of anxiety is one that helps us care or be concerned enough about something to do well at it. However, when these feelings run off the chart and go overboard, they often cause a sense of impairment to an individual’s daily and social functioning.

Thus, anxiety can be a part of our normal emotional responses to our environment. A fearful situation can make us feel anxious. This response prepares us to either stay and fight on, or flee from the situation. However, in seemingly normal situations, feeling anxious can get a little bit disturbing. When we feel anxious for prolonged periods of time, in response to the most harmless situations, it may be a cause for concern.

The symptoms of Chronic anxiety include:
→ Difficulty with concentration
→ Feelings of nervousness
→ Disturbance of sleep cycles
→ Frequent fatigue or feeling of dizziness
→ Restlessness, irritability
→ Physical symptoms such as

Palpitations, sweating
Trembling
Increased heart rate

If these symptoms are displayed for over 6 months in adults, and for over 4 weeks in children, it may be a cause for some concern.

Anxiety Types

Generalized Anxiety: This is an all encompassing Anxiety related condition. It has the same symptoms as the overarching signs of anxiety, and causes individuals to become stressed about a plethora of situations. Simple stressful thoughts that range from nervousness about commitments, or simply ‘what will happen’ in their day are just some aspects of Generalized Anxiety. It basically involves being stressed a
Social Anxiety: This form of anxiety basically deals with the domain of interpersonal interactions. People displaying signs of social anxiety often experience issues with self-esteem, and feel hesitant about talking to people. They begin to perceive themselves as socially inept, and often withdraw from situations where they have to engage in conversation.
Panic Attacks: Panic attacks are characterized by an increased heart rate, sweating and difficulty breathing. An individual who suffers from a panic attack begins to think that a situation is out of their control, and experiences a feeling of powerlessness, which causes them to experience a lot of emotional strain.
Agoraphobia: When individuals fear situations where escape is hard, they are said to experience Agoraphobia. An irrational fear of large crowds and public spaces, where one cannot easily withdraw or run away from the situation is a distinct characteristic of this condition. Going shopping, for example, would be a nightmare rather than an enjoyable outing for an Agoraphobic individual.

Anxiety symptoms

While feeling concerned is a natural response, suffering from anxiety can be very intense. Some symptoms of anxiety include

  • Increased heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • excessive sweating
  • feeling of nausea
  • feeling dizzy
  • sleep disturbance
  • feeling irritable
  • reduced concentration
  • feelings of panic

Anxiety Causes

Anxiety can be caused by varied factors, often it is developed due to an interaction of factors such as

  • Family history and genetic factors may contribute to anxiety. Some individuals might have a genetic predisposition towards anxiety. In other cases, social dynamics within the household, if unfavourable, can also lead to Anxiety.
  • Certain personality traits are strongly linked to anxiety. These include a tendency for timidness, a lack of self-esteem, and perceived incompetency in a particular field.
    Stressful events like work pressure, marriage, financial crisis, family conflicts, loss of a loved one.
  • Physical health problems such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis can also contribute to the development of anxiety.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ANXIETY COUNSELLING
Feeling anxious over chronic periods can often lead to a decline in self-esteem, and in the degree to which one is sure about themselves. Those facing anxiety often cannot pinpoint what it is that causes them to feel the distress. To them, the trigger for their sudden pangs of stress remains largely unidentified. This is where the process of Counselling plays its role.

Anxiety counselling isn’t just a ‘remedy’ for stress. It is quite unreasonable to think that simply outpouring one’s emotions can help rid them of stress. One needs to open up about their feelings and fears to the objective ears of a counsellor in order to access the cause of their anxiety. Understanding what behaviors and tendencies lead them to become stressed is an important step towards reducing the levels of stress felt to optimum levels. Therapies that involve conversational techniques are often employed to help reduce anxiety. They gradually act on the thoughts and behaviors of an individual, and help him realize how the root of their increased stress levels lies in their evaluations of the world around them.

 

How Can We Help With Anxiety Counselling Online?

The feeling of having constant anxiety can be quite distressing and overwhelming. One is constantly worrying, and over the edge about the uncertainty of various things. Our Psychologists will help you realize and recognize those areas and thoughts filled with Uncertainty, and teach you specific coping strategies for the same.

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Our Counselors will also help you to change your beliefs and thoughts in to more hopeful and positive ones, which will have a direct effect on the goal of decreasing and being able to manage anxiety. By the end of the sessions, you will feel much more confident about coping with anxiety, and will be able to have a healthy state of mind.