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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common emotional reaction and is a potentially beneficial response to prepare the body for a dangerous situation. However, this same emotion that helps keep us safe can also become self-sabotaging if it is excessive and starts to interfere with our everyday lives. 

Anxiety is best described as a feeling of apprehension or unease. It ranges from mild worry to severe fear. It is what we feel when we become tense or afraid about something that may happen in the future. Most people typically feel anxiety in select situations throughout their lives, such as going for a job interview, having a medical examination, or sitting an exam. 

When you are anxious, you may become nervous, restless or tense. Physical responses to anxiety may include an upset stomach, headache, sweating, palpitations, or chest tightness. Stronger feelings of intense panic, danger or dread are typically the body’s response to a high alert to activate the fight or flight response. 

When Should I Seek Help for Anxiety?

It becomes a problem when the source and intensity are irrational and chronic. In anxiety disorders, heightened stress level symptoms may become so intense that they cause difficulties at home, work and with many of the normal functions of life. Incessant worry, memory and concentration lapses, as well as avoidance behaviour, panic disorder and other problems may stem from these conditions.

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

What Are the Effects and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders can cause unnecessary and prolonged fear and worry. These may lead to further issues such as depression if left untreated. Often, people with untreated anxiety may withdraw from social situations, including work and family gatherings to avoid possible anxiety triggers.

Symptoms that may be indicative of an anxiety disorder include:

Constantly racing thoughts

Heightened alertness

Panic Attacks

Worrying excessively and over-thinking about situations

Catastrophising about the future

Concentration or memory difficulties

Difficulties sleeping

What is the Fight or Flight Response?

When we feel threatened

Our bodies secrete hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, when we feel threatened. When released, these hormones make us feel more alert and help our hearts beat faster. This state prepares us for the fight, flight or freeze response. This is something we have no control over.

Once the threat has passed

Once we believe the threat or danger has passed, the body releases hormones to calm us down and make us relax. We experience relief and are glad that the situation is over. Unfortunately, people who are hyper anxious will remain apprehensive, alert, and agitated for much longer than normal, which can be overwhelming for them.

Fortunately, through psychology techniques heightened anxiety levels can be managed and the symptoms alleviated.

Therapy for Anxiety at Direct Focus Solutions

Anxiety can take many forms and symptoms can vary between people. Some common forms of anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Situational Phobias, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

DFS can help manage anxiety through a range of evidence-based therapies. As a multidisciplinary practice, our counselling and psychology services combine different styles, methods, and techniques to deliver a tailor-made intervention that meets your specific needs.

Our holistic approach focuses on the wellbeing of each client. Our unique therapies combine both psychologically and neurologically driven methods to provide an accurate behavioural and biological assessment of your situation. We help discovery the root causes of our client’s issues and equip them with the means to address them. Each strategy is designed in a manner best suited to each individual.

Anxiety is a normal part of life, but anxiety disorders are not. Our team at Direct Focus Solutions will equip you with the means to cope with your anxieties so that you can embrace all aspects of your life and look forward to the future.

"This is one of the most frustrating things about having an anxiety disorder; knowing as you're freaking out that there's no reason to be freaked out but lacking the ability to shut the emotion down."

Contact Us

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more. You can contact us by phone or email, visit us in person at one of our offices in Sydney or the Illawarra or talk. Alternatively, you may speak with us directly from your own home via a Telehealth consultation.

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