is a normal reaction to stress. It helps you to deal with tense situations and keep
focused on an important task. However when anxiety becomes an excessive irrational
dread of everyday situations. Then it has become a disabling anxiety disorder.
can be accompanied by physical effects such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest
pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or headaches. This is a natural reaction
to a threat, perceived or otherwise, as the body prepares it self to deal with that
threat. Blood pressure and heart rate are increased, sweating is increased, blood
flow to muscle groups increases and immune and digestive system functions are inhibited
(the fight or flight response). External signs of anxiety may include pale skin,
sweating and trembling. Someone suffering from anxiety might also experience a sense
of dread or panic. Being in a perpetual state of anxiety has serious health considerations
as your immune and digestive systems are inhibited.
are sudden surges of overwhelming fear that comes without warning and without any
obvious reason. It is far more intense than having anxiety or the feeling of being
If you have full-blown, repeated panic attacks and become very disabled
by your condition. You must seek treatment before you start to avoid places or situations
where panic attacks have occurred. For example, if a panic attack happened in shopping
precinct, then your panic disorder may cause you to develop a fear of being in the
close proximity of people that could affect the choice of a job or enjoy social entertainment
attacks are seldom dangerous, they can be terrifying, largely because you feel out
of control. Panic disorder is frightening because of the panic attacks associated
with it, and also because it often leads to other complications such as phobias,
depression, substance abuse, medical complications, even suicide.
Excessive anxiety is often associated with other mental health problems, such as
depression. Anxiety is only considered to be a mental health problem when it is prolonged,
severe and is interfering with everyday activities.
Symptoms of anxiety:
When you are anxious, you may also experience a range of physical symptoms. These
happen because of the bodies' so-called "fight or flight" response, which is caused
by the release of the stress hormone adrenaline.
The symptoms of anxiety can include: abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, dry mouth,
rapid heartbeat or palpitations, tightness or pain in chest, shortness of breath,
dizziness, frequent urination, difficulty swallowing, shaking.
Psychological symptoms can include:
Insomnia, feeling worried or uneasy all the time, feeling tired, being irritable
or quick to anger, an inability to concentrate, a fear that you are going "mad",
feeling unreal and not in control of your actions (depersonalisation), or detached
from your surroundings.
Causes of anxiety disorders and possible treatment:
Anxiety may be a symptom of other mental health problems, such as depression or alcohol
dependence. It can also be caused by substances such as ecstasy or caffeine, or by
withdrawal from long-term drugs like tranquillisers.
Sometimes anxiety can be associated with a physical illness, such as thyroid disorder.
For this reason it's advisable to see your General Practitioner in order to rule
out any physical causes. However if it is found that you do not have any physical
disabilities and If your GP diagnosis suggests antidepressants drugs there are alternatives
If you feel uncomfortable with taking medication and do not want to rely solely on
antidepressants. Consider Neurofeedback Therapy as a drug free non invasive therapy
that trains your brain to work more effectively that absolves, de habilitating, low
mood, negative, depressive and anxious thoughts.
What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback Therapy is the use of computerised equipment to record a person’s brainwaves.
These are converted by the computer so that when desired or “good” brainwaves are
produced a graphic display on the computer screen changes e.g. it could be a thermometer
rising or a dolphin swimming.
Neurofeedback is sometimes called an “exercise for the brain.” It helps the individual
to learn to regulate his/her brainwaves.
The scientific literature has examples of many problems that can be helped with neurofeedback.
These include: Anxiety, panic, depression, brain injury as neurofeedback helps to
grow new neural networks, and much more.