What is Anxiety?

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a fairly common response to stressful events.  All of us experience stress in our daily lives and somethings that stress is the result of exposure to real and present danger.  When we becomes anxious our nervous system activates to help us respond to danger by becoming highly focused and enables us to react in a manner to fight, run or in some cases freeze in the face of danger.  These are adaptive coping skills that can mean the difference between life and death.

Unfortunately, some of us experience feelings of anxiety that last far beyond the threatening or stressful circumstances.  In these cases we may develop an Anxiety Disorder that leaves us feeling overwhelmed and stressed even when there is no danger or even noteworthy stressor.

When anxious feelings become overwhelming, intrusive, irrational and debilitating they can interfere with our ability to manage the demands of our life, work, education and relationships.  In these cases, we may meet the criterion for an Anxiety Disorder.  In order for this to be the case, the anxious feelings would need to impair our ability to manage our life and to be significant and long-standing (a minimum of 1 month or longer with significant symptoms).

Anxiety Disorder affect over 40 million people in North America every year.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans a year. If you are suffering from an anxious feelings that are not resolving in a reasonable period of time (1-3 months) then it is time to seek professional help to assess the problem in order to get the right treatment.

Anxiety Disorder, of which PTSD is one, can be treatment with counselling approaches and have been shown to respond well to proper treatment.  Getting the right help in a timely manner can allow you to live a fully productive and engaged life.  TraumaLine1 may have the right therapist for you.  Many of our Trauma Therapists are very skilled in dealing with a wide range of Anxiety Disorders as well as trauma related difficulties.