Everybody gets anxious every once in a while and there are situations that cause anxiety in different people; for instance if someone has to speak in front of a crowd. A little anxiety is normal in every day lives but there are cases where anxiety becomes a cause for concern. Some people may get overly anxious at the most seemingly irrational things, the fears get so bad that they interfere with everyday living. This is where normal anxiety turns to an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are more common than most people would think, it’s just that sometimes they are not very noticeable. It is advisable to know how to deal with anxiety just in case and to do that there must be an understanding of anxiety disorders. There are several forms of anxiety disorders, here are a select few of them and tips to prevent or ease them.

General Anxiety

This is basically a constant fear that is experienced by a person. Someone with general anxiety is always afraid that something bad is about to happen. The fears are for everyday things like a job or personal finances and is not pin pointed to one certain aspect of life.

Phobias

Phobias are irrational fears of things that are in the environment or situations. A person with a certain phobia has intense fear of a specific thing or situation. For instance, you may find someone who is afraid of water, heights or closed spaces.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

These are feelings or thoughts that cause a certain obsession if you will. These feelings are usually uncontrollable and are characterised by certain rituals. For instance you may find someone who must have everything arranged in a certain way or turns a light switch on and off a selected amount of times.

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

After someone has gone through a traumatic event, there are effects of that afterward. They develop certain fears and reactions to similar situations. This is a condition more common in new mothers or for people in the army or navy who have been to war.

Panic Attacks

These are sudden outbursts of terror provoked by specific situations.

Someone with anxiety will have shortness of breath, intense fears, insomnia, upset stomach (butterflies), and a fast heart rate. You must be able to recognise when someone has an anxiety disorder and there are several ways that anxiety can be treated.

Counselling

Getting therapy is one of the best ways to treat anxiety. The psychologist will decide on the best therapy for a particular anxiety disorder. Cognitive behavioural therapy is one type that can be used and a patient may also be exposed to the situations that trigger the anxiety in order to desensitise them.

Self Treatment

Someone willing to go about dealing with anxiety may also learn to treat themselves whenever they need to. There are things that they can do to keep the anxiety under control. Exercise is a good way to do that and when they are out running or in the gym, they won’t have time to entertain their fears. Stress should also be well managed; Meditation or yoga can do that. There are breathing techniques that can be used to calm down someone who is having a panic attack so you should learn what these techniques are. People with anxiety disorders should also have a strong support system and should be surrounded by people who can talk them back to normal when their fears get triggered.

Author’s Bio – The author is an expert therapist of Anxiety in London and provides complete guidance on how to deal with anxiety.

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