Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety is a common disorder in today’s society. There are many reasons for anxiety disorder some scientific and others suggestive. However, the important thing is that anxiety is a natural response in humans and animals. Anxiety signals fight or flight in all creatures and we would not survive without it.

So when we look at anxiety as a disorder, it usually is suggestive there is something wrong. Anxiety is a disorder when it is elevated and cripples us of moving through life. Some anxiety disorder symptoms can be classed under these headings; avoidant, excessive, persistent or anticipated.

Below are some scientific generalisations and terms of the varied Anxiety Disorders.

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Having anxious feelings over normal everyday activity and overthinking upcoming simple events such as driving in the rain, or going to work, or getting up in the morning, etc.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD):  Having uncomfortable feelings about going out or being in a social environment, and afraid of being embarrassing, offending someone or not being liked or accepted by others.
  • Panic Disorder: A repeated panic attack causing intensive anxious feelings all brought on suddenly.
  • Phobia Disorder: A heightened illogical fear in association to a particular animal, object or situation.

If these disorders are not managed with the assistance of a trained psychotherapist, the long-term side affects can result in poor quality of life and in response other psychological disorders can become present.

How does a psychotherapist assist in creating normalisation of anxiety?

Various techniques are used to address the over stimulated anxious responses.

A Counsellor will work with a client through:

  • Cognitive based therapy (CBT).
  • Relaxation and Breathing Exercises in Mindfulness.
  • Psycho-Education.
  • Self-Monitoring (Observations and Reflections).
  • Identifying Dysfunctional Thinking Patterns.
  • Problem-Solving and Social Skill Learning.
  • Behavioural Therapy.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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