What is Anxiety? – Symptoms and Treatments

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It’s common for people to feel a little anxious from time to time. We might worry about our health, money, or family issues. However, anxiety disorders are more than just occasional worry or fear. If someone has an anxiety disorder, it doesn’t go away, and it can even get worse over time. This constant anxiety can make it hard to do daily things like work, school, or getting along with others. It can take different forms and can be related to other events, such as trauma.

Symptoms of Anxiety

The symptoms vary from each person. These are some symptoms many people exhibit:

  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Trouble concentrating without worrying
  • Feeling on-edge and restless
  • Easily fatigued
  • Having body aches, headaches, or stomachaches
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Avoiding tasks
  • Frequently hyperventilating
  • Increased heart rate

It is recommended to seek a professional for a diagnosis.

Treatments for Anxiety

Your provider may use various methods to treat anxiety. Some most commonly used methods for anxiety include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on helping individuals recognize unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors. CBT involves techniques where negative thought patterns are replaced with more balanced ones, as well as behavioral interventions that focus on setting goals, skill-building, and controlled exposure to anxiety-provoking situations. This approach is instrumental in managing various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and phobias.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on promoting psychological flexibility and overall well-being. It acknowledges that suffering is a normal part of life and helps individuals accept difficult thoughts instead of trying to control or avoid them. This therapy is effective in treating various mental health issues by providing practical tools for individuals to lead more meaningful lives.

Ways to Help

Seeking a licensed professional can be beneficial for individuals with anxiety. Psychologists can help treat anxiety and provide individual care. They may offer realistic interventions for clients. Psychology Express offers doctoral-level providers that have a wealth of knowledge. You can check out our team here or fill out a contact form here.

If you are experiencing a life threatening mental health emergency, please dial 988 because you DO matter.