What is anxiety?
Anxiety is the body’s normal automatic reaction when you are feeling threatened, under pressure...
...or you are facing a challenging situation, such as a job interview, exam, or first date. Anxiety can trigger your flight-or-fight stress response and release a flood of chemicals and hormones, like adrenaline, into your system. In the short term, this increases your pulse and breathing rate, so your brain can get more oxygen. It can help you to stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to solve problems.
Anxiety affects everyone differently and can be brought on by different situations or experiences. Some people naturally react more than others. Because it is not always clear why we are feeling anxious, learning to recognise the cause can help deal with it better. How we deal with things can also depend on how well other parts of our life are going or how well supported we feel.
There are times when everyone may go through stressful situations and feel anxious because of uncertainty or perceived threat. These feelings and emotions usually pass once the situation, whatever that might be, is over. However, when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety; more intense or overwhelming, interfering with everyday life and relationships, it can become a medical disorder, known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
GAD is a common anxiety disorder, estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population. Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more common in people from the ages of 35 to 59. Unlike a phobia, where your fear is connected to a specific thing or situation, the anxiety of GAD is a general feeling of dread or unease that affects your whole life.
GAD involves constant and chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension. People with GAD find it difficult to control their worry and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. This anxiety is less intense than a panic attack, but longer lasting, making relaxation very difficult.
Psychological symptoms of GAD
GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as:
- A sense of dread
- Feeling constantly "on edge"
- Difficulty concentrating
Physical symptoms of GAD
GAD can also have a number of physical symptoms, including:
- Having an increased heart rate (palpitations)
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Experiencing gastrointestinal problems
- Feeling weak or fatigued
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Memory difficulties
- Dry mouth
- Poor appetite
- Muscle aches or tension
In some cases, it can be difficult to distinguish from other mental health conditions, such as depression.
Ways to help yourself
- Build a strong support system
- Talk about your worries with someone you feel comfortable with/trust
- Discover things which you enjoy and/or help you relax-music-scented candles-something beautiful to look at-exercise-visiting your happy place
Recommended therapies and techniques
- Relaxation techniques
- Deep breathing exercises
- Get enough sleep
- Limit caffeine
- Stop smoking
- Eat a healthy diet
Acupuncture and ELECTRONIC GEM THERAPY can both help achieve longer periods of relaxation, both of the body and mind.
Here is a very interesting podcast which may help with anxiety issues https://youtu.be/pbmWSrzaU-k
Claudia formulates an individual protocol using Bioregulatory remedies which can change physical and emotional reactions- to open belief structures and readjust over-reactions. Particularly helpful in times of intense anxiety.
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