Anxiety Treatments - One Size Does Not Fit All!


Everyone experiences anxiety. But what is anxiety? I had always thought of anxiety and depression as being basically the same emotions. It seemed that the sensations were connected. I always felt that depression was simply anxiety with a little "blues" thrown in. I have since learned more about these two emotions. Depression is a feeling of loss because something bad has already happened. Anxiety is feeling fear of what you predict could happen in the future. It has been wisely stated that "Worry is interest paid in advance, for a debt you may never owe."

Anxiety in small amounts can be useful. That is, it can serve as a signal that something isn't quite right. It can signal you that trouble is looming and prompt you to take corrective action. It can help you to function and to meet the demands of your every day life. A little bit of anxiety can be motivating. But how do you know when anxiety represents a important difficulty? Anxiety unchecked, can lead to serious health and mental health issues. It is important to know when everyday anxiety crosses the threshold and becomes "anxiety disorder". We should become concerned when anxiety begins to persistently interfere with our ability to function effectively in our everyday lives. Similarly, we should become concerned when anxiety interferes with developing and maintaining the kinds of personal relationships that we want.

There are many treatment approaches, and it is clear that "One Size Does Not Fit All" There is time line therapy, bio-feedback, emotional freedom techniques, exposure therapy, herbal and native remedies, anxiety management and psychotherapy. Drugs used to treat anxiety disorders are available under a various trade names. Unfortunately, dependency on anti-anxiety medications is a potential complication of treatment. Other side effects of these drugs include sleepiness and sexual problems. Combination therapies are often utilized.

A highly successful treatment for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). People suffering from anxiety often benefit from this type of program, where you learn to recognize and change thought patterns and behaviors that lead to upsetting feelings. This helps limit disconcerting thoughts by looking at worries differently. Using progressive relaxation and a series of exercises designed to expedite the cultivation of essential life skills CBT has proven to be very successful with people who are suffering from anxiety. A relaxed state removes anxiety and allows the subliminal non-critical analysis of the reason for the fear. People suffering from anxiety would benefit from a relaxation technique and proper breathing to allow the body to quickly get back to normal, as when the mind and body are relaxed, anxiety cannot be felt. Through relaxation techniques the sufferer can develop balance to offset turbulent periods. It is like an internal massage.



By Denise Irish

Denise Irish is a Life Engineer, Hypnotist, Laughter Yoga and Qigong instructor. She is also the Director of MentalMorphasis a multidisciplinary company offering "Life Changing Assistance." to the Tampa Bay Area. She believes that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

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