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postheadericon Anxiety Disorders: How It Affects Our Everyday Lives

Being “stressed out” has become a common feeling for people nowadays. Our lifestyles are full of stress-inducing circumstances like financial difficulties, workplace struggles, personal relationship breakdowns and so much more. These problems can be pressing to cause us to lose our temper as well as affect our focus on certain activities. It can even make it difficult for us to sleep. You may find it really difficult to be in a stressful situation. With that thought in mind, can you imagine how difficult it is to be suffering anxiety disorder?

Anxiety and its Extent in Australia

Anxiety is actually healthy. It is the normal response of our body to danger. We worry, feel tense and get scared when faced with a stressful situation. It keeps us alert and focused when under pressure. It spurs us to action and motivates us to solve our problems on hand. But if this automatic alarm becomes a pressing feeling; constant and overwhelming that it interferes with our normal activities and disrupts our relationships, then it starts to become a disorder in itself. When it stops being functional and starts to distract us from our everyday activities, we should immediately take action to resolve it.Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in Australia. Out of four people, one will suffer an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. One in every seven people will experience a type of anxiety disorder in a year. By gender, one in every six women and one in every ten men will suffer anxiety disorder in a year. That means a number of people are having a hard time trying to function because of anxiety.

Common Manifestations of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are best treated as soon as possible. Research has demonstrated that cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety. It is important to treat anxiety disorders because there is a high risk they will recur if inappropriately treated. The recurrence may cause the person to feel more anxious and depressed and may cause them to lose hope. So how would a person know to seek professional help for an anxiety disorder:

  1. They constantly feel tense, worried and on the edge even if the situation doesn’t require them to do so.
  2. They feel too anxious that they find it hard to work, study or fulfill other responsibilities.
  3. They feel anxiety over everyday situations and they avoid these situations thinking that avoidance will be enough to solve the issue.
  4. They feel irrational fear and they can’t shake it, such as persistent fears of the dark, mice, rats, or of bad things happening without evidence.
  5. They constantly want to do things in certain ways because they think that something terrible will happen if done otherwise, such as counting, checking things repeatedly, washing excessively etc.
  6. They feel sudden, unexpected panic that causes their hearts to pound, shortness of breath, tension, nausea, and these are often accompanied by fears of having a heart attack, stroke or other catastrophic physical event.
  7. They apprehend danger and catastrophe to come any moment, from anywhere.
  8. They also suffer physical symptoms such as:
    • Sweating
    • Headache
    • Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
    • Pounding heart
    • Upset stomach
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Frequent urination
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Muscle tension
    • Tremors and twitches

If you feel these sensations, or have excessive worries or concerns we encourage you to seek the advice of a clinical psychologist. Not all stress is an anxiety disorder, but when these symptoms occur without reason, or excessively, or interfere with day to day life, or your enjoyment of life then we encourage you to seek treatment. Contact us at Sydney Clinical Psychologist Centre.

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