What sets the feelings of anxiety apart from a regular experience of emotions is that they occur out of all proportion with external causation factors; they can even occur suddenly with no apparent explanation or trigger.
For those of us experiencing anxiety, the intensity of these feelings can be difficult or impossible to shake, alleviate or distract from. This can lead to significant distress, difficulty working and carrying out daily tasks, even interrupting healthy eating and sleeping patterns.
Externally, anxiety can manifest in physical sensations including palpitations, trembling, nausea, fatigue, sweating, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Individuals may also experience bouts of hypervigilance, irritability, restlessness and racing or intrusive thoughts.
More than 1 in 10 Australians report anxiety-related experiences each year.
The Line Between Stress And Anxiety
Some people find that symptoms of anxiety are transient and disappear after a few days or weeks, especially as external stress factors subside. For many of us, however, the distress of anxiety does not disappear on its own. These feelings are persistent and overwhelming, reducing our ability to live a normal life.
It’s important to understand that there are different forms of diagnosable, treatable anxiety disorders, ranging from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder (commonly referred to as panic attacks) to forms of anxiety which are triggered by substances, including alcohol and marijuana. Anxiety can also often be accompanied by other mental health or addiction issues, known as dual diagnosis.
If you have been experiencing disproportionate feelings of anxiety and stress for more than a few weeks, or have been struggling with any of the associated physical symptoms, now may be the time to reach out for help.
If you’re concerned you may have a problem with anxiety, you can use our self-assessment tool here to gain a better understanding of whether key indicators apply to your situation. To schedule a free, confidential, professional phone assessment, call our team seven days a week on 1800 063 332 or contact us here.
Your Pathway To Freedom
Reaching out can feel daunting, but it’s the first step on a path which can lead to a significant reduction, or elimination, of persistent distressing and overpowering emotions.
At South Pacific Private, our compassionate team of clinicians will not only treat the symptoms of your anxiety, but will seek to root out underlying causes and equip you with strategies for long-term recovery. It is our holistic approach to treating mental health that sets us apart.
We provide a calm, safe and secure environment with 24/7 professional support.