The signs you should be aware of.
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Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental disorders in Norway, and according to the Norwegian Public Health Authority, 25 percent of us will have one or more anxiety disorders during life.
But what is anxiety and how do you know that you have anxiety? What is the difference between being nervous or afraid of something – and having anxiety?
– Anxiety is a normal feeling. You must have a certain level of anxiety in your body to survive. It is the body’s emergency preparedness. For example, if you meet a bear in the forest, this emergency preparedness should be started immediately, says Kristin Austheim, gestalt psychotherapist, course holder and chairman of the Norsk Gestaltterapeutforening.
– It means that the head spins and the heart knocks fast. You “freeze” on-site, attack or start fighting. It is when the body hangs up in this condition that we call it for inhibitory anxiety, “says Austheim.
Anxiety – a wordless trauma
Austheim has struggled with fear, and holds a course on the subject. She calls the suffering of “a wordless trauma”.
– It may be a vital need that you can not express or fully understand what revolves around. Precisely speaking of an experience seems to be the core of the problem of those who suffer from panic attacks. And looking for the cause can be like looking for the famous needle in the high-rise, “she says.
– The environment is often threatening and that you can not set up a limit. You can not find support in yourself or the outside world. And then the fear comes. Anxiety can also be in the room between now and the future. The well-known performance anxiety is a good example of this: dread scenarios are being drawn for what may happen, says Austheim.
Holds your breath
Anxiety is a lot about keeping your breath. You stiffen, forget to breathe and you do not get enough oxygen. Thus comes an instinctive experience of panic.
– What do they think about me?
Once the body has recovered, you are welcome again as a question mark. What happened? At one moment everything was quiet and nice inside, and in the next the storm breaks.
– Once this has happened, you can begin to fear that it will happen again and develop inhibitory anxiety. This limits the life span. Some stop walking out, avoiding social situations or special places where fear can come. They fear anxiety, “says the psychotherapist.
Another form of anxiety is the existential fear. It has also known Austheim.
Did you know that.
… scientists do not know why anxiety develops? However, they believe that some may have a congenital vulnerability to develop the disease. They also believe anxiety disorders are developed through both biological, psychological and environmental factors. Anxiety can occur after major trauma and strain, it may be a symptom in a developmental phase or a reaction to an unfortunate childhood.
… it’s important to take anxiety seriously? If not, the problem can worsen and cause additional problems such as depression, isolation, phobia, avoidance behavior, alcohol and substance abuse. Talk to someone about your problem – family, friends or a doctor who can give you a referral to a call therapist. You also get good help from Angstringen, where they can meet others with the same challenges (angstringen. dk)
… about 50 percent of anxiety cases are improving or getting well by themselves? The disease thus has a good prognosis, provided that the disease is detected relatively early and that the patient is prepared for a large dose of self effort.
Sources: NRK, Aftenposten, Research. no
21 signs of anxiety
When life feels too big and the possibilities for many. When death and the unknown presses forward in the brows. Or everything feels meaningless.
– Existential anxiety may come when you discover that you are a little sand in the desert. A human being among billions of others. Who will only live a limited amount of time. It can give a sense of meaninglessness. Or a deeper understanding that everything is perishable. And it can be terrifying. That fear shares very many of us, to a greater or lesser extent, it is in a way universal.
Do you have anxiety? Learn the characteristics
How do you know if you have an anxiety so strong that you should apply for treatment?
– You can look for outer and inner characteristics, says psychologist Karl Bang with practice in Oslo.
– Some characteristics are more basic than others, and some are specific to particular anxiety types. You can also take tests. These two approaches interfere with each other, as tests select certain characteristics as particularly important.
He emphasizes that even if tests can be an indication of whether you have such a high level of anxiety that you should seek help, you must be aware that some people tend to overdo their own symptoms, others to trivialize them. How to answer may depend on the form of the day.
– If you have a very low score, most signs are that everything is good, but it may also be an indication that you are trying to hide for yourself the symptoms you have. A very high score usually gives cause for concern, but can also be a sign that you tend to exaggerate, “said Bang.
Outer characters are characteristics that others may notice:
- Avoidance. You avoid situations or take precautions to avoid anxious emotions.
- Physiological or bodily rashes, when these are lasting and do not pass when a particular situation (f. example. an exam) that you care about. It may be (external signs of) irritability such as inventiveness, mind as for others, incomprehensible from the situation, tremors and twitching, sweating, sleep problems, palpitation, redness (by social anxiety).
In panic attacks: hyperventilation.
Indent characters are characteristics that only the person can observe:
- Persistent grubling and worries. You do not worry about a particular situation and then stop worrying when the situation is over (you have finished exam or presentation at the sales meeting), but still find new things to worry about.
- Persistent restlessness, agitation and irritability, sadness and fatigue.
- By panic attack: One might think that one is dying. The most important of these characteristics are found in the diagnostic manuals DSM-IV (American) and ICD-10 (European).