Anxiety is a natural biological response to unusual or dangerous situations, alerting us physiologically to the potential for harm. Persistent, acute anxiety however, can signal a disorder that needs assessment. Without treatment, anxiety can impact quality of life, as well as physical health.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
Everyone experiences periods of worry in response to the challenges life presents. However, prolonged and excessive worrying that impacts your work, success at school, or personal relationships could indicate Generalised Anxiety Disorder. People who have Generalised Anxiety Disorder frequently feel acute anxiety over everyday tasks, and experience symptoms such as:
- Racing thoughts
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Feeling of doom or of having a “panic attack”
In those suffering from anxiety, symptoms may extend from brief or specific episodes of panic into longer periods of emotional and physical discomfort, often with little relief from stress. Co-occurring disorders such as depression or addiction also commonly unfold alongside these issues.
What Treatment Is Available?
There are a range of treatments available for anxiety in both inpatient or outpatient therapeutic environments. Depending on the patient’s needs, medication may also be provided to treat the disorder. Discussing your concerns and symptoms with a counsellor or GP is an important first step in determining how to address your anxiety.
At The Edge, we believe in employing a holistic approach to effectively and successfully treat anxiety. This means combining behavioural management techniques, individual and group therapy, pharmacological support, and physical activity. This approach helps participants to understand anxiety triggers, learn how to cope with them, and how to enable relief from stress. Our unique programming allows participants to explore and confront their anxiety in a safe and controlled environment where professionally trained staff can monitor and provide consistent support.
If you are experiencing chronic anxiety, you are not alone. Let our team of seasoned, caring professionals help you discover the life that awaits you. Call The Edge today for a free consultation on how we can support you.