Anxiety dates back as far as the survival instinct in humans. It works as part of our built-in 'fight or flight' system, something we use to get us out of real or perceived situations of danger. This system is commonly abused by high anxiety, and can make us believe we're in danger when we are perfectly safe.
Being anxious and nervous is completely normal in circumstances of uncertainty or apprehension, and channelled in the correct way it helps to motivate us. If excessive worrying, uneasiness, apprehension, and fear about future uncertainties progress over longer periods of time high anxiety disorders can develop. These thoughts and feelings can be based on real or imagined events, which can affect both physical and psychological health.
High anxiety can affect anyone at anytime, and although it can be debilitating it's a perfectly natural part of life. Like any other feeling or emotion (happiness / anger) it is crucial to our survival.
Due to everybody being unique there is no set trigger for high anxiety, but it's effects are most commonly felt due to a significant life event, change, or extended times of stress and worry.
How common is High Anxiety?EVERYBODY lives with anxiety and experiences the effects of high anxiety on a daily basis, and so you know you're not alone here are some facts about anxiety that will reassure you:
Here's an even more reassuring fact: High anxiety is completely treatable.
Types of High AnxietyDifferent types of high anxiety disorders include Panic Disorder, GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Phobias.
How to get rid of High AnxietyI'm very conscious when I talk about high anxiety not to promise 'elimination' or refer to it as needing a 'cure'. There will never be a cure for something that is a perfectly natural and healthy part of our lives.
Knowing this, would you want to get rid of anxiety? Of course not.
Put in its simplest terms, high anxiety is nothing more than a 'psychological imbalance'.
The key to overcoming high anxiety is to gain the correct balance, understanding that anxiety is essential to life. We need to learn to live comfortably with anxiety and not fight against it.
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