Anxiety – symptoms and treatment


Anxiety is a natural state that often accompanies us in life. It is associated with experiencing difficult emotions, traumatic situations or sudden changes. If this state passes naturally, we have no reason to worry. It is different in the case of people who cannot cope with anxiety. Their experience of anxiety takes the form of a disorder that hinders normal functioning and significantly reduces the quality of life. Their functioning is completely subordinated to the anxiety that affects every aspect of their lives.

Symptoms

Anxiety states can take many forms. They can manifest themselves in the form of generalized anxiety or panic attacks. They are just as often a major component of social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder. In all of these cases, the patient’s entire life revolves around anxiety. The patient, constantly agitated and hypersensitive, looks for a problem in every situation, which causes strong fear, often irrational and having little to do with reality. During panic attacks, the patient succumbs to fear to such an extent that he calls an ambulance in fear of his own life. Paralyzing fear also accompanies social phobia, which can lead to complete withdrawal of the patient from social life, because the fear is so strong that it is overpowering. Mental imbalance affects somatic symptoms: headaches, back pain, excessive sweating, sleep disturbances, palpitations. All these difficulties, both mental and physical, that a sick person has to face can eventually lead to depression.

Treatment

A person who is constantly accompanied by anxiety should seek help from a specialist. Chronic form of these symptoms may threaten health or even life of the patient. For anxiety, depending on the severity of the symptoms, the most effective form of treatment will be a combination of medication and psychotherapy. While anti-anxiety medications will help calm the condition, psychotherapy is a necessary component to get rid of anxiety once and for all. The psychodynamic approach allows you to get to the root of your problems and attempt to define and work through them. In the case of anxiety conditions it takes time for the therapy to start producing the desired effects. Only a professional and empathetic approach by a psychotherapist can facilitate the entire healing process and inner peace.

We cannot allow the feeling of anxiety to dominate and completely disorganize our lives. We should not be afraid to seek help and support, because our lives are at stake. Every attempt we make to fight the disorder brings us closer to our dream goal. In this case, it is only (or as much as) mastering our own fear and realizing our hidden strength.

Remember that any medical content you read online should be verified by a specialist. Looking for help or to solve your problem? Blogs and forums are not enough. Trust the expertise of doctors, psychologists and psychotherapists. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.


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