Do you worry everyday more than needed?
Do you often experience the attacks of fear?
Do you avoid new situations because of these everyday fears?
Do you suffer greatly due to the forementioned reasons?
If the answer is positive to even one question stated, then you suffer from some form of anxiety.
How does generalized anxiety in life look like?
Excessive concern and fears influence the whole life of one person and subsequently on living functional life. People who worry excessively, think all the time about the future in negative context and question themselves: “What if something happen to me? How would I react?”
The thought that something bad can happen is disastrous for such person, even terrifying and awful. Such persons often diminish their ability to overcome some situations and thus they say that they lack self confidence and avoid potentially dangerous situations (crowd, some specific places etc.).
There are different kinds of anxiety disorders and we will focus here on generalizes anxiety disorder. People who suffer from this disorder often say that they cannot connect their extensive fear and worry to some special event in their environment so they describe it as “freely floating fear“. They actually fear most of some very unpleasant and bad event in the future but it is the question of probability if that event will ever happen. These kind of people have characteristic way of thinking: “ What if…?”
For example: “ What if the child suffers from some incurable disease (and in reality the child is perfectly healthy)…what if he/she falls and break a neck (what is the probability that this really happens?)…what is I get sick of some incurable disease..get fired (and there is no sign for it)…what if the earthquake takes place etc.”
However, such fears can appear in every person but if the person hasn’t developed the anxiety disorder they last very shortly and the person can control them very well. But, if the person spends more than 6 months to think extensively about these potentially bad events and if such thinking affects badly normal sleep and eating or concentration to something else, then it can be said that the person developed the anxiety disorder that hinders her life.
This disorder also manifests in certain physical and physiological reactions, such as:
Trembling or the feeling of trembling, muscle tension, fatigue and easy fatigue, rapid heartbeat, sweating, cold sweaty hands, dry mouth, dizziness or instability, feeling of a lump in the throat “or difficult swallowing, etc. Often people will say to themselves as being “caught in a trap.”
How psychotherapy can help with generalized anxiety?
Psychotherapeutic treatment can help to great extent to the people who have this problem. Since the person has “black” and “catastrophic” thoughts, the first step in therapeutic work is to identify those thoughts, cope with them and change the way of thinking and way of looking at these potentially bad and dangerous situations.