A Beginners Guide to Understanding Anxiety


 A Beginners Guide to Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is something people don’t always want to talk about. Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States according (Source: National Institute of Mental Health). If I asked you to tell me about the last movie you saw you could probably share some snippets from the movie. If I asked you about the last great meal you had you might be able to recall the flavors and the company that joined you. If I asked you to share your deepest fear it might be a bit harder. In many cases, fear and anxiety go together. The idea of unpacking fears is something that many people would rather not talk about.  Many of us get nervous sometimes. Things like taking a test, meeting someone for the first time or even having to give a presentation can cause great anxiety for some of the people. When it starts to affect your everyday living that’s a problem.

As a counselor, I talk with people about all kinds of things. Things come up in counseling, depression, stress, relationships, work and of course anxiety. It can come from a lot of places. Many times anxiety comes from holding on to the past, other times it comes from the uncertainty/unpredictability of the future. It is important to know things can get better.

Why Talking About Anxiety Is Important

When people become more aware of their emotions and thoughts they can make positive changes. They can turn things around. When people get their emotions and thoughts under control anxiety no longer has the power. Paying attention to our bodies encourages us to also begin to pay attention to our whole self and the world around us. In order for anxiety to be decreased, we must do something about it. Complaining or avoiding is simply not the answer.

A Super Brief Overview of Some Types of Anxiety 

There are many forms of anxiety and different diagnosis that are anxiety related. Our health can be directly affected by the way we respond to stress and anxiety.

General Anxiety -inflated worry about everyday life, taking up hours within a day.

Panic Disorders – a sudden feeling of terror without warning, many people report feeling like they are having a heart attack.

Phobias  -intense irrational fears about situations, experiences, places and objects.

Social Anxiety -strong fear in and irrational worries about social interactions, humiliations, unacceptance, fear of embarrassment.

Agoraphobia -fear of public, unfamiliar places, being in crowds, using public transportation and being outside the home.


Emotional Symptoms:

  • Feeling uneasy

  • Desire to avoid

  • Feelings of terror/doom or dying

  • Consent fear of danger

  • Frequent worry

  • Restlessness

  • Feeling irritability

  • Assuming the worst

  • Feeling jumpy and tense

Physical Symptoms:

  • Pains in your chest

  • Sweating

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headaches

  • Upset stomach, diarrhea, urination

  • Choking sensation

  • Experiencing shaking and trembling

  • Racing heart

  • Lightheaded or dizzy

What Happens When We Get a Grip On Anxiety

When we start doing something about our anxiety we become empowered. Keep reading these are all total pluses to improve your life overall.

  • More able to handle the uncertainties of life with style and grace

  • Decreased fear

  • Less worry

  • Able to handle stress better

  • Willingness to try new things

  • More opportunity to be more social

  • Increased confidence

  • You get to be more effective in your day

  • Improved health

  • Better mental state

  • Increased happiness

  • Feel better about life overall

  • Improved emotional state

  • Less anxiety (duh)

POW!!!! That’s more than 10 great reasons to start busting anxiety

Treatment Options

Treatment options like counseling, medication, stress management and relaxation techniques along with other methods can help. The good news is there is hope. Speak with your counselor or medical professional to help you decide the best fit for you.

ACTION STEP to take when you feel anxiety rising.

  • What are the things that are adding to your feelings of anxiousness and fear?

  • What are the thoughts that you are thinking?

  • Where is the fear inside your body?

  • What is a positive change you can take to decrease the anxiety and fear?

Experience this kind of personal growth by contacting us at @ 361.355.5558 or FHC.


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