What is Anxiety?


Anxiety, it’s a response to stressful situations but when it becomes pervasive and unrelenting, the results can be debilitating!  Having too much anxiety is like trying to do our normal routine while in a pool of jello.  The intensity, pervasiveness of action, and impairment should be examined. Anxiety can be a motivation for us rather than an impediment to our lives.  It can warn us if something is going wrong.

Anxiety is an emotion and we need it. We just don’t want to be consumed by it so we can’t see anything else. To think that you must get rid of it completely, can cause you even more anxiety.

There are different forms of anxiety. For some, thoughts are doom latent, everything seems like a risk. They can get distracted by what could go wrong or what has gone wrong. The person feels exhausted. Sometimes, they’ve thought this way for so long, it becomes a habit.

I urge someone who is anxious to seek professional help. When your talking to someone, it can force you to be in the present and be mindful. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can work! Therapy can help you to articulate what’s happening in your mind and actively combat your habits, question it, and ultimately change how your mind works.

Types of Anxiety Disorders:
Specific Phobia
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Selective Mutism
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
Panic Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition
Other Specified Anxiety Disorder
Unspecified Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety and Depression
There can be comorbidity with anxiety and depression. In other words, sometimes they both can show up. One of the differences is that in depression, there is more of a physical and mental shut down. Fatigue, energy, sleep, appetite can get suppressed and the challenge is to raise them up to normative levels of functioning. In anxiety, the encounter is with something that is activating and fearful. You can get a lot of activity in the device of avoiding, escaping, and not wanting to feel certain things. Most of the therapeutic task involves with re-engaging in those activities so that the therapeutic learning of exposure and anxiety can habituate.