Counseling for Anxiety
Anxiety is the mind and body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It’s the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. A certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal – it can be completely debilitating. Over the years, you might have struggled with feelings of intense worry or fear over what might happen. Whether it is the first day of college/office or talking to unknown people, the fearful thoughts might have troubled you and brought multiple sleepless nights.
It’s normal to feel anxious for major life events but when this state becomes part of your personality and interferes with your daily functioning, it needs to be healed.
Experiencing anxiety is defined as a state of prolonged fear or arousal in response to a threat that is either ambiguous or unspecific. It is a reaction to the situation or context in which threats may take varied forms and predictions which further impact your well-being. In such scenarios, anxiety needs to be conquered before it ruins your health and happiness.
What are Anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. emotional response to perceived or real threat) and/or anxiety (i.e. worrying about a future threat) and can have negative behavioral and emotional consequences.
What are common symptoms of Anxiety?
- Cold and Sweaty Hands
- Dry Mouth
- Heart Palpitations
- Numbness or tingling in hand and feet
- Muscle tension
- Shortness of Breath
- Feeling Panik, fear an uneasiness
- Repreated Thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences.
- Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
- Inability of be still and calm
- Ritualistic Behaviours, such as washing hands repeatedly.
- trouble sleeping.
Types of Anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:
- Panic disorder: You feel the terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations(unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
- Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate on others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.
- Specific phobias: You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.
Counseling Process in Anxiety
- History taking
It helps in understanding base, triggering events/situation and severity of the response.
Various relaxation techniques helps in controlling and settling anxiety , which further helps to deal with emotional and conceptual element rationally. Relaxation also helps in dealing with disturbed sleep cycle. Relaxation sessions vary from case to case depending on the severity and response pattern of the client. But, generally 2 sessions are helpful to deal with physical and behavioral symptoms.
Once the anxiety is controlled and settled, client and therapist again re-work on the triggers and eliminate unhealthy, unproductive thought patterns.
- Thought and emotion rationalization
This step helps in dealing with thoughts and emotions in more detailed manner and formulate a technique that would suit the client’s response and dealing pattern to come out with positive outcome.
- Dealing with facts
There are situation which are factual or true in nature but occurrence of the same has left us frightened and anxious. Somewhere our world or particular area of our life comes to a halt which starts affecting us and significant others in many ways. Therapy can work best as Anxiety Treatment by helping the person in exploring coping mechanisms to deal with such situations.
The purpose of online counseling and therapy for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders is not only to help you overcome your state of prolonged fear but also to become capable of expressing yourself in front of others. We understand that it is sometimes natural to feel anxious in certain situations, but let us tell you how to redirect your feelings of worry into a calmness that serves as a pathway to achieve success and happiness in your life.
Try to get the most out of your online counseling & therapy. Keep your appointments. Practice the exercises your therapist gives you. Treatment helps, and without it you might get worse. Remember, you don’t have to deal with Anxiety attacks & disorders on your own. Help is out there.