Symptoms of Anxiety
Many sufferers experience anxiety or panic attacks in response to a particular circumstance or trigger, such as giving a presentation, presence of animals such as spiders, heights, exams or a particular social situation. In severe cases worry and anxiety are disproportionate, less controllable, more consistent and impact your ability to function in your daily life. This may indicate more severe mental health conditions such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of Anxiety fall into two categories:
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Drowsiness and tiredness
Pins and needles
Irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
Muscle aches and tension
Shortness of breath
Head – and/or stomach ache
Dry mouth, excessive thirst
Frequent urinating, diarrhoea
Painful or missed periods
Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
A sense of dread
feeling constantly “on edge”
Treatment for Anxiety and Panic attacks
The two traditional treatment options for (severe) anxiety are psychological therapy, in particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or medication. With CBT unhelpful and unrealistic beliefs and behavioural patterns are identified and changed, which can reduce anxiety. Medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, benzodiazepines is prescribed.
Becoming more popular are non drug treatments such as Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy. Neurofeedback maps brain activity, promoting awareness, providing reinforcement, and allows monitor and correct your anxiety during the training session. As learning improves, you can begin decreasing your brain training schedule. With Neurofeedback therapy you learn to moderate your response to stress so that anxiety is minimized and occurs less frequently. Neurofeedback helps you improve your quality of life by learning to control your own anxiety levels.