Is Anxiety Treatable?

As we have seen, anxiety is an innate part of our biological and psychological make-up; it is fundamental to our survival, often serving as a warning system for danger. As such, we do not want to ‘cure’ it. However, when it exceeds its practical functioning and becomes excessive and distorted, it can result in daily dysfunction and severely disrupt the life of an individual.

Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including: panic disorder, phobias – such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). The physical symptoms are:

 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Butterflies in stomach
  • Nausea
  • Urge to pass urine/empty bowels
  • Tremor
  • Sweating
  • Pins and needles
  • Chest tightness
  • Inner tension
  • Agitation
  • Fear of losing control
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen (such as blackout, seizure, heart attack or death)
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of detachment

 

Here are some effect treatments:

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