There are six common forms of anxiety (as listed by BeyondBlue)

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

    In which an individual feels anxiety on a daily basis for a period of six months or more)
  • Social Phobia

    Where an individual fears fear of being embarrassed or criticised in a social situation, even in every day situations e.g. eating, speaking publicly, making small talk and so on.
  • Specific Phobias

    Fear brought on by a specific object or situation, whereby an individual may go to great lengths to avoid it, e.g having an injection, or fear of spiders; to the extent that just seeing an image of spider can evoke anxiety symptoms.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)

    Brought about by ongoing, unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety and fear. Even though an individual acknowledges that these thoughts may be unrealistic, they carry out certain behaviours and rituals e.g. fear of germs/contamination, leading to constant washing of hands and clothes, or even to the extent of becoming housebound so as not to be infected by the outside world.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

    Can occur after a traumatic event (e.g. assault, accident, war). Symptoms may include inability to relax, upsetting dreams/flashbacks to the event, and avoidance of anything that reminds the individual of the event.
  • Panic Disorder

    An individual experiences panic attacks; which are intense, overwhelming and often uncontrollable feelings of anxiety combined with a range of physical symptoms. A person having a panic attack may experience shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and excessive perspiration. Sometimes, people experiencing a panic attack think they are having a heart attack or are about to die. If a person has recurrent panic attacks or persistently fears having one for more than a month, the person is said to have panic disorder.

Put simply, anxiety is when your body goes into “flight” mode when there is no realistic risk at the time. However, for an individual who experiences anxiety; it is anything but simple. It can be so debilitating that people may start removing themselves from scenarios that they had previously enjoyed, in the fear of whatever causes their anxiety.

And understandably so, anxiety attacks are powerful things, in which the sufferer feels complete loss of control. Even if the situation doesn’t bring about a full blown attack, the symptoms of anxiety can be enough for individuals to gradually remove themselves, or purposely avoid any situation where there is a chance of feeling anxiety.

Anxiety can be felt in many different ways;

  • primarily as fear; the fear of being unable to handle a certain situation or the feeling that something horrible will occur in it e.g. the image of a spider causing you to start experiencing physical symptoms
  • physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, increased heart beat, dizziness, sweatiness, shakiness, hot/cold flushes
  • feeling restless, unable to concentrate, having sleep issues
  • feeling a sense of ‘doom’ or fearing an impending panic attack
  • feeling worry, which may be difficult to stop, and thus becomes consuming in itself

Many people may experience more than one anxiety disorder at a time. And unfortunately, help is needed, these symptoms will not go away by themselves.

At Better Balance, we use a variety of proven modes of therapy to assist anxiety suffers so that they can restore their feeling of control within their lives, as well as working with techniques so they feel they have the skill-set to deal with any anxiety that may arise in their future.

Contact us now if you’d like to talk to someone about your anxiety.