Anxiety is a necessary human condition that helps us to protect ourselves and others from potential dangers in our environment. This system of anxiety has developed over millions of years to serve us humans as a protection measure against wild animals such as Sabre-Toothed tigers. Those feelings of fight or flee were very useful when our caveman ancestors needed to decide what to do in the company of our furry four-legged friend.
However, this system that is hardwired into our brain and body, has not developed, or changed so much in those years. We do not have to worry about Tigers so much in our modern life, but we do experience the same feelings, emotions, thoughts, and reactions towards people and places in our environment. So, whilst you do not fear a tiger, you may fear a person, or place, which in turn gives you the same reactionary anxiety process that has existed for Millenia. The feeling of fight, flight, or freeze can destroy our sense of being, ruin relationships, cripple our self-confidence, and prevent us from living a life that we want.
Various types of anxiety exist, the most common anxiety disorders include; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorder, or Social Phobia. Anxiety can often manifest over a persons health, sport or sexual performance, food choices, physical symptoms, chronic illness, death, work, relationships, secrets or any other typical human condition.
The good news is therapy can help you to overcome the sense of anxiety that erodes your sense of well-being. Whether it is dealing with people, going places, or overcoming a range of anxiety provoking behaviours, counselling can help you to understand, lessen, and overcome your anxiety symptoms, thoughts, feelings, avoidance behaviours, and bring you back to who you truly are.
Take a look at the video below to gain an understanding of one type of anxiety disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
common symptoms of generalised Anxiety disorder