We all experience anxiety from time to time.
Perhaps you worry you’ve left the stove on and have to drive home to check it, or maybe you’re someone who has an irrational fear of balloons.
Either way, mild anxiety is normal and can even be quite amusing in the right context.
The problem occurs when anxiety spirals and begins to dominate your waking thoughts. At this point, stress can begin to take a serious toll on your mental health and your body as a whole.
Stress of any kind will suppress the immune and digestive systems, cause muscle contractions and elevate the heart rate. If allowed to continue, stress can even lead to other mental health conditions such as depression.
It is crucial to identify when this is a problem and find a solution as soon as possible.
When is Anxiety a Problem?
Anxiety is a problem as soon as it feels like a problem.
If you find yourself feeling stressed and upset by your anxiety, or if it is preventing you from engaging in activities you would like to, your anxiety is a problem and should be addressed.
It is also important to identify the type of anxiety you experience.
If you are constantly anxious about washing your hands, about cleaning the house, or about keeping everything in order, then you may be suffering from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Likewise, if you are afraid of something very specific, you might have a phobia.
Finally, if you are just generally anxious, then you might be experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The Talking Cure
There are several options for treating anxiety and many will be psychotherapeutic – or “talking cures”.
Seeing a counselor to help you to treat these conditions should be considered the first option, rather than medication.
However, it is important to find the right type of counselor for you and your specific condition.
There are many schools of thought and approaches to counseling.
A counselor who uses a psychodynamic approach will address your condition very differently than one who uses cognitive behavioral therapy.
Some people prefer humanistic, client-centered methods, while others may prefer behavioral strategies. Make sure to research your options and understand the differences to ensure you’ll find a counselor who works for you.
If you find that talking doesn’t help, look at alternative options.
Lifestyle changes can be surprisingly effective in addressing anxiety and is something you can discuss with your counselor or GP.
Moving home, changing jobs or taking an extended holiday can help, as well as making sure to get more “you time”.
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If the above options don’t work, you may want to consider discussing medication with your doctor and they may prescribe something like barbiturates or SSRIs.
These medications come with side effects and warnings, so when possible it is preferable to talk through problems!
Dr. Vidhi Jain has over 7 years of experience as a Physiotherapist. She has a Masters in Physiotherapy in Orthopedics and is currently practicing at Vinayak Physiotherapy in Noida as HOD of the Physiotherapy Department. She has been nominated as ‘Best Physiotherapy Consultant’ in Noida & firmly believes in health care that is based on a personal commitment to meet patient needs with compassion and care. She also writes for Medlife International Private Limited, an online pharmacy store operating in India offering home delivery of authentic prescription medicines at discounted prices.