What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotional response that can range from slight worry to intense fear. It is often experienced in certain circumstances, such as tests, medical exams, and job interviews. Physical symptoms of worry include nervousness, restlessness, headaches, perspiration, palpitations, and pressure in the chest. A high alert usually causes the body to react with stronger feelings of panic, danger, or dread.

Anxiety Information

When the cause and intensity are illogical and chronic, it becomes a problem. In anxiety disorders, heightened stress level symptoms can become so severe that they interfere with daily life at home, at work, and in many other areas. These disorders can cause persistent concern, memory and attention failures, avoidance behaviour, panic disorder, and other issues.

If you believe that you or someone you care about is struggling with an anxiety disorder, it might be time to seek help.

Anxiety disorders can lead to further issues such as depression if left untreated. People with untreated anxiety may withdraw from social situations to avoid potential triggers.

Symptoms that may be indicative of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Constant racing thoughts
  • Heightened alertness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Concentration or memory difficulties
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Worrying excessively and overthinking situations
  • Catastrophizing about the future
When we feel threatened, our bodies release hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which make us feel more alert and help our hearts beat faster. This state prepares us for the fight, flight, or freeze response, which we cannot control.

Once we believe a threat or danger has passed, the body releases hormones to help us relax. However, hyper anxious people can stay on edge, alert, and agitated for a lot longer than usual, which can be debilitating.

Fortunately, psychology techniques can help manage anxiety and reduce symptoms.

Therapy for Anxiety at Direct Focus Solutions

Direct Focus Solutions (DFS) is a multidisciplinary practice that provides counselling and psychology services to help manage anxiety. Their holistic approach focuses on the wellbeing of each client, and their unique therapies combine psychologically and neurologically driven methods to provide an accurate behavioural and biological assessment of their situation. DFS helps clients discover the root causes of their issues and equip them with the means to address them, and equips them with the means to cope with their anxieties so that they can embrace all aspects of their life and look forward to the future.