Anxiety, OCD, Panic
Anxiety is our expression of fear. It can help motivate us to attend to areas in our lives that need our attention, but it can also isolate us and create significant stress. When anxiety builds up without relief and without our knowing how to reduce or resolve it, our lives can feel out of control.
Different labels for types of anxiety include: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and phobia. Each type of anxiety is determined by a collection of symptoms as taken from the list below.
Anxiety often includes the following symptoms:
- excessive worry
- difficulty concentrating
- perseveration (having the same thought, constantly)
- counting items, excessive hand washing, ritualized behavior, compulsive behavior
- muscle tension
- sleep disturbance
- intrusive or frightening thoughts
- feeling unsafe or afraid in social situations
- sweating, lightheadedness, shaking
Are you having any of these experiences? The symptoms can be difficult enough to deal with but it is the toll they take on areas of our lives that prompt us to make changes. These areas may include work productivity, work relationships, personal relationships, dating, marriage, childcare, and caring for loved ones.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates
How we deal with anxiety can mean the difference between success and being stuck. Effective means of managing anxiety often include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, learning relaxation techniques, and developing or improving time-management skills.