Anxiety is a normal response of body to alert and prepare one for a stressful situation, potential threat or actual danger. It is often experienced when facing unfamiliar or challenging events such as starting a new job, making an important decision or taking an interview.
However, for some, the worry and distress involved in such situations can be intense, disproportionate or difficult to control.
Following are some markers that might help one identify if one’s distress is unusual and seek help:
When do I need help?
One may decide to seek help for anxiety when:
Common red flags include:
One may also notice physical changes such as increased heartbeat, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), sweating, trembling, gastrointestinal problems, muscle tension, headache or discomfort in chest.
What kind of help do I seek?
Cognitive Behavior Therapies (CBT) are helpful for identifying trigger spots and learning healthy coping mechanisms along with relaxation techniques. Dialectal Behavior therapy, a form of CBT, is also found to be effective for anxiety. Further for various particular types of anxiety (eg obsessive compulsive tendencies), different types of psychotherapies have proven effective.
Your Therapist may find that other therapies may be more suitable for your specific circumstances.
In some cases, medication may be necessary to set off the parasympathetic nervous system that is responsible for calming the body down to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety.