MGF Counselling Services
M. Glenys Forrester (B.Sc.Psych) (M.Sc.Psych)


Anxiety

We all experience feelings of mild anxiety when life puts us in a pressured situation, but interestingly, anxiety is at the heart of many, many other negative feelings and can give rise to various behaviors as we attempt to relieve an underlying stressor. Stressors might include illness, difficult relationships, employment problems, bereavement, loneliness or any other of life's challenges. An extreme reaction to stress can trigger feelings of fear and/or panic, when your heart may be racing, your palms sweating and you might be feeling quite ill. Alternatively, you may feel continually worried ('..and worry is the thinking part of anxiety' T.Pruzinsky 1998) yet not be able to pinpoint the problem which is central to your anxiety.

In order to relieve your stress you may turn to your family doctor, who can prescribe anti-anxiety medication or anti-depressants, but many people find themselves drinking and/or smoking more when experiencing stress. These 'comforters' often give temporary relief but require continual use, a process that will, over time, become addictive, a condition bringing its own difficulties.



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