Anxiety is a debilitating mood disorder that can lead the person affected to withdraw from activities he or she once enjoyed and find tasks once easy very difficult to complete or take care of. It is in fact not unusual for someone suffering from anxiety to find it impossible to watch television, or read a book, enjoy a conversation etc.
Differently from fear or stress, anxiety isn't necessarily caused by a specific event or circumstance but rather it's a generalised feeling of restlessness, panic and being out of our body which can't be shaken off despite all efforts.
Signs of anxiety
The signs of anxiety aren't the same for all people, but in general most patients experience:
Increased sweating even when resting
Feeling shaky and panicky for no reason
Constant tiredness and problems sleeping
Loss of appetite, or eating to excess
Irritability and feeling out of control
If you have several of the above symptoms then, you may be suffering from depression and may want to seek help.
Often the first port of call is to contact your GP who may prescribe some medication, or refer you for CBT, to help you manage your symptoms.
Counselling for anxiety
However, if managing the symptoms associated with your anxiety is no longer enough you may want to consider finding out what's at the root of it so it can be resolved for good, rather than just managed.
At Brighton Counselling Collective, we offer Psychodynamic therapy for anxiety and anxiety related conditions such as panic attacks and intrusive thoughts (including OCD). Psychodynamic therapy, which is informed by psychoanalysis, views anxiety as a way our mind has to tell us something difficult has been repressed in the psyche. However, although buried, the inconvenient thought or feeling continues to force its way through and it does this by provoking all the uncomfortable feelings that are associated with anxiety.
The goal of therapy therefore is to find what we're trying to hide from ourselves and bring it back into consciousness so it can no longer cause chaos in the subconscious and lead to unbearable feelings of panic. While psychodynamic therapy can't provide immediate results, it has been documented it can lead to long lasting change and a greater sense of self awareness which can be a portentous antidote against mental illness.
If you're curious about how psychodynamic therapy can help you overcome your anxiety, please feel to get in touch.