Symptoms of Anxiety
Feeling nervous, restless or tense
Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
Increased heart rate
Feeling weak or tired
Having difficulty controlling worry
Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
Having trouble sleeping
Gastrointestinal problems, chronic indigestion
Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Causes of Anxiety
Anxiety symptoms may be masking a result of a medical disorder. Anxiety may be due to drug use, alcohol, caffeine or prescribed drugs, or withdrawal from abused drugs. Anxiety may also occur with mental disorders. Some of the risk factors for developing anxiety reactions are: trauma, stress due to an illness, stress buildup, personality, and having blood relatives with an anxiety disorder.
Effects of Anxiety
Behaviors effects: withdrawal from situations, changes in sleeping patterns, changes in habits, increase or decrease in food intake, increased motor tension
Emotional effects: feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, anticipating the worst, irritability, restlessness, watching for signs of danger, feeling like your mind’s gone blank, nightmares, obsessions, déjà vu, trapped in your mind feeling, feeling like everything is scary.
Physiological symptoms: neurological, digestive, respiratory, cardiac, muscular, cutaneous, urogenital.
Complications of Anxiety
Digestive or bowel problems
Headaches and chronic pain
Problems functioning at school or work
Poor quality of life
Treatments for Anxiety
Hypnosis – Used as an alternative and complementary treatment, Hypnosis is a behavioral technique that will decrease anxiety through relaxation techniques and gradually increasing exposure to situations that may have previously precipitated anxiety. Hypnosis has also been found to be effective in teaching an individual with panic disorder how to prevent an anxiety attack or to decrease or stop a panic attack once it starts. Due to the relaxed atmosphere and state of hypnosis, it is considered a safe treatment for anxiety. Sitting back or lying down and being mentally guided is designed to avoid escalating any anxiety symptoms such as rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and muscle tension.