What is Anxiety?
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What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. Many people can feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. This Anxiety is momentary and will subside once a solution is found or a decision is made. Unfortunately if this anxiety becomes excessive it can become
problematic and be as disabling as any chronic physical illness.
Anxiety has a knock on effect in relation to excessive worrying leading to a person becoming depressed, caught up in addiction, gambling, problems with anger/relationships, fatigue and poor sleep patterns. All of these behaviors are common in relation to coping with our needs not being met. Excessive fears and worry, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior’s and post-traumatic stress reactions are all forms of out of control anxiety. If you suffer from one of these conditions, or if your days are blighted by continual low-grade anxiety, it can feel as if your life will never be normal again, as if something alien is in control of you.
There are three elements to anxiety:
• The physical sensations you experience;
• The emotions you have while experiencing them
• And the thoughts that go through your mind at the time.
But anxiety is not something all-powerful and inexplicable. It can be managed very easily, when you know how.
Throughout life we learn we have physical needs (food water shelter) and emotional needs (see below). When these needs are not met we suffer considerable distress — anxiety, anger, depression, addiction etc. — and our expression of distress, in whatever form it takes, impacts on those around us. The main concept of Human Givens therapy focuses on the emotional needs of the person that are not being met and works with the person towards getting these unfulfilled needs met.
Emotional needs include:
•Security — safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
•Attention (to give and receive it) — a form of nutrition
•Sense of autonomy and control — having volition to make responsible choices
•Emotional intimacy — to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, “warts 'n' all”
•Feeling part of a wider community
•Privacy — opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
•Sense of status within social groupings
•Sense of competence and achievement
•Meaning and purpose — which come from being stretched in what we do and think.
Your physical & emotional needs are important for a healthy wellbeing & state. If those needs are met appropriately, it is not possible to be mentally ill.
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