What is your understanding of anxiety? When you think about the word “anxiety,” what definition, thought, image, etc. pops up? Are you reminded of a past trauma or do you feel anxious at the thought of having to meet a deadline? Simply reading all of these questions may be triggering for you so I’ll do my best to help you develop a better understanding of anxiety, and ways in which understanding it can make your life better.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety is an anticipation of future threats. Think about having to go in for a job interview. It has yet to occur, which gives us time to sit and plan ahead for all of the things that can possibly go wrong. For instance, we may start to think about the number of people interviewing us. We may then start to calculate the last time we did an interview and may not feel that our interviewing skills are up to par. We may then start to think about the questions that may be asked, in which we may start to convince ourselves that we will not be able to answer them…despite having the experience to back us up. Another example could be that you may experience intense fear at the thought of having to be separate from someone or something. There are different types of anxiety and people respond differently based on may factors, to include developmental levels, level of resilience, different types of situations, traumatic experiences, etc.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has a list of anxiety disorders, some of those are as follows:
You may look at this list and immediately began to try and diagnose yourself to see where you “fit.” Please don’t! If you have any concerns, best practice is for you to see a licensed mental health professional or a licensed physician.
Everyone is different and respond to things differently. Resiliency plays a huge role in how we respond to situations. It does not make you less of a person if your level of resiliency is not as high as the next person. The good thing is, counseling can help you learn the appropriate tools to utilize to help strengthen your resilience to help you learn how to manage situations, improving your mental wellness…which makes your life better!
So…what are the three UNEXPECTED ways that understanding anxiety can make your life better?
This blog does not list all of the things associated with anxiety disorders. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, which may be influenced by different things in your life (relationships, finances, trauma, conflicts, etc.), professional counseling can help you relieve the burden of facing it alone. You can learn how to manage your challenges and live a more fulfilled life. You DESERVE it! You deserve to live a life unapologetically and carefree. Of course challenges are going to present itself, because nothing is perfect; however, you can learn tools that can be utilized continuously to help you strengthen your resiliency and learn how to manage and overcome obstacles.