Anxiety are feelings caused by experiences of life, such as job loss, relationship breakdown, serious illness, major accident or the death of someone close. Feeling anxious is appropriate in these situations and usually we feel anxious for only a limited time. These feelings are not regarded as clinical anxiety, but are a part of everyday life. However, anxiety disorders are a group of illnesses, each characterised by persistent feelings of high anxiety. These are feelings of continual or extreme discomfort and tension, with the fear of panic attacks, usually without discernable cause. Anxiety disorders affect the way we think, feel and behave and if not treated, cause considerable suffering and distress.
Below are some of the symptoms of anxiety:
- Excessive worry
- You find it difficult to control the worry
- Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
- Easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbances
- Hard to function at work or in social environments
These symptoms often begin in early adulthood and are often triggered by a series of significant life events.
Anxiety disorders are common and affect 1in 20 people at any given time.
Contact Adelaide Counselling Practice for anxiety help on (08) 8237 0509.