Are you sick and tired of Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks?

Mental health challenges do not need to be a lifetime condition … 2024 can be the year for healing. Especially if it is affecting your relationships, your career and your QOL -Quality of Life.

For individuals apprehensive about their anxiety levels or their impact on daily life, consulting a mental health professional such as a counsellor, phycologist is strongly recommended.

Personally, I suffered from Anxiety and Panic attacks for years when I was much younger.

I know firsthand how debilitating it can be.

Let’s delve in

Defining Anxiety:

Normal Stress Response: Anxiety emerges as a natural response to stress or peril, often synonymous with the “fight or flight” paradigm. This elicits a cascade of physiological alterations, encompassing heightened heart rate, increased alertness, and the release of stress hormones, orchestrating the body’s preparation to either confront or evade perceived threats.

Emotional Distress: Intrinsic to anxiety are emotional components, manifesting in feelings of fear, apprehension, or dread. This emotional terrain encompasses a general sense of unease or specific concerns regarding prospective events.

Physical Symptoms: The presentation of anxiety frequently manifests in physical symptoms, including but not limited to muscle tension, restlessness, fatigue, sweating, and gastrointestinal discomfort. These manifestations are consequential to the activation of the body’s stress response.

Cognitive Components: Anxiety exerts an influence on cognitive domains, contributing to excessive worry, difficulties in concentration, and the onset of intrusive thoughts concerning potential adverse outcomes.

Variability: Anxiety levels exhibit a wide spectrum among individuals, with perceptions of stress or anxiety-inducing stimuli diverging from person to person.

What Anxiety Is Not:

Occasional Stress: Transient experiences of stress or worry in response to life’s exigencies do not necessarily signify the presence of an anxiety disorder. Significance is attributed when these transient states persist and impede daily functioning.

A Singular Experience: Anxiety is not homogenous, as individuals may manifest its manifestations distinctly, with severity demonstrating considerable variation.

Fear Rationalisation: While fear is often inherent in anxiety, it may not consistently align with the actual threat. Excessive concern regarding improbable or irrational scenarios may signal an underlying anxiety disorder Or Trauma. Being physiologically stuck in a specific event for example.

Simple Nervousness: Pre-event nervousness, such as before a presentation or examination, is a commonplace reaction and does not inherently denote an anxiety disorder. Pathological concern arises when this nervousness endures persistently and becomes overwhelming.

Always Visible: Anxiety does not invariably manifest outwardly, with some individuals undergoing intense anxiety without overt signs or symptoms. Acknowledging internal struggles is crucial, as their validity is equal to externally observable manifestations.

This comprehensive elucidation seeks to refine the understanding of anxiety, enabling the differentiation between normative stress responses and clinical anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is a multifaceted psychological and physiological response to stress, characterised by a sense of apprehension, worry, and uneasiness. It is a normal and adaptive reaction to potential threats or challenges, preparing the body and mind to respond appropriately. However, when anxiety becomes chronic, disproportionate to the situation, or interferes with daily functioning, it may indicate an anxiety disorder.

Sometimes we may need to go right back into your childhood to find the foundational triggers. Creating a new foundation through, CBT -Cognitive behavioral Therapy can be very liberating.