Some anxiety is normal. But if a person is suffering from irrational and excessive fear and worry, it may be a sign that they are suffering from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder in Australia, with one in four people likely to experience one of the conditions of anxiety at some point in their lives. Through anxiety counselling, people can recover from their anxiety and prevent the illness from returning.
So how do you know what’s normal and what isn’t?
Irrational and excessive fear and worry are the primary symptoms of anxiety, but also other common ongoing symptoms that indicate that you may need to seek anxiety counselling include:
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling tenseness
- Jumpiness and restlessness
- Expecting the worst
- Watching for signs of danger
Anxiety feelings are commonly accompanied by physical symptoms, including:
- Pounding heartbeat
- Frequently needing to urinate or diarrhoea
- Muscle tension or twitches
- Stomach upset
- Dizziness and headaches
- Panic attacks
- Anti-social behaviour
For more information on anxiety counselling, or to book an appointment with a psychologist, contact New View Psychology today online or on 1300830687.