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Anxiety: Types and Tips

Anxiety can be a sneaky emotion.  You can suffer from anxiety without fully realizing or understanding it.   The thing is, anxiety can interrupt success in life and in business.  When you can identify anxiety symptoms and learn how to deal with them, you can get back on the road to achieve your goals again.  In this article, I hope to specify a few different types of anxiety and give some practical tips for dealing with it.

There are several recognized types of anxiety disorders, including:

·   Panic disorder: People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack or “going crazy.”

·   Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): People with OCD are plagued by constant thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines. The disturbing thoughts are called obsessions, and the rituals are called compulsions. An example is a person with an unreasonable fear of germs who constantly washes his or her hands.

·   Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a condition that can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a natural disaster. People with PTSD often have lasting and frightening thoughts and memories of the event, and tend to be emotionally numb.

·  Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.

·   Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as snakes, heights, or flying. The level of fear usually is inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common, everyday situations.

·  Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.

Tips:  First and foremost, if your anxiety symptoms are persistent and moderate to severe, it is important to seek professional help.  Psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors (MFTs, LCSWs) are trained to diagnose and treat anxiety.

Simple things you can do to manage your anxiety include relaxation exercises, breathing exercises and using distractions (walking the dog, turning your thoughts to a task, etc.) to break thought patterns that increase anxiety.

If you would like a free relaxation audio to help you de-stress, visit my counseling website at www.creative-therapy-center.com and register for the newsletter – you’ll receive my free 11 minute relaxation audio.  Best Wishes!

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