WHAT IS AN ANXIETY DISORDER?
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
However, it is important to know the difference between normal feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be normal and is essential for our survival. These feelings act as an alarm system alerting us to act and to prepare for any possible dangers.
What happens if we experience excessive anxiety ?
Normal anxiety is indeed useful but when it moves into our mind and refuses to leave, it becomes destructive mentally and physically. Excessive anxiety and “extreme worrying” make you fearful and miserable and is as disabling as any chronic physical illness. Indeed, an anxiety disorder can manifest itself in physical illnesses such as IBS.
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million people in the United States (U.S.). It is the most common group of mental illness in the country. Excessive fears and worry, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and post-traumatic stress reactions are all forms of out of control anxiety. But an anxiety disorder is not something all-powerful and inexplicable. It can be managed when you know how. A safe and natural way to help with anxiety is psychotherapy combined with hypnosis.