Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness

Anyone can become anxious. It's a normal feeling that we all experience from time to time. However, for those who are plagued by chronic anxiety it can be a daily issue. Here, The Wave Clinic takes a closer look at how anxiety can change from a regular feeling to a complex mental disorder that can have a devastating effect on the lives of sufferers and those around them.

What is Anxiety?

Although not the most pleasant sensation, anxiety is an accepted part of life. It can affect anyone at any time and in lots of different ways.  Unlike stress, which normally stops once the external cause (work, relationships, money etc.) is dealt with, anxiety is a persistent condition that may or may not have an identifiable cause. Some anxiety disorder sufferers may feel that their condition is caused by a certain event or trigger such as bereavement, health worries or job loss while others have no idea what makes them so anxious.

Anxiety disorder amplifies fears. It can make people feel as if something is much worse than it actually is, and this can prevent them from confronting the issue. Those affected by chronic or acute anxiety may feel that they are losing their minds or going around in circles.  However, with treatment such as that offered by The Wave Clinic, it's possible to re-learn responses to anxiety and better manage the condition.

Why do we get feelings of anxiety?

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One of the most important things to bear in mind is that anxiety is normal. It is in fact due to naturally occurring bodily responses that we've had since back when we were cave-men. In earlier times, humans had a kind of internal alarm that warned them when danger was near. This unique alarm system made us more alert by giving us an adrenaline boost that would increase the heart rate as well as the amount of oxygen rushing to our limbs to enable us to outrun danger. It's known as the 'fight or flight' mechanism and many of us will have experienced the feeling of 'butterflies in the stomach' that accompanies it.

In those suffering from anxiety disorder, the fight or flight mechanism isn't a response to danger but one that can be activated inappropriately during normal, everyday situations. Although some people can pinpoint the cause of their anxiety, others can't and that causes even more stress.  Anxiety disorder affects all age groups and can strike at any time.

What are the causes of anxiety

Anxiety disorder isn't caused by any one thing. In fact, many people find it hard to suggest a cause at all and anxiety attacks can be triggered by seemingly small incidents. Others might feel that a particular event was responsible for the onset of their anxiety order and common causes include starting a new job, the breakdown of a relationship, loss or bereavement or moving to a new house. Everyone is different and what some find traumatic might seem inconsequential to others. That's one of the reasons why we have developed a programme that can be fully tailored to the specific needs of the client.

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Is all anxiety technically the same?

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Anxiety disorder can manifest itself in many, many ways. Some people suffer from a combination of behavioural disorders and, in many cases, the anxiety disorder is accompanied by alcohol or substance abuse. Some of the most common anxiety-related issues include:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Health anxiety
  • Phobia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Claustrophobia
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic Disorder

Although these are some of the most commonly treated anxiety disorder, this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you are struggling with anxiety or know someone who is, please seek professional advice as soon as possible. If left untreated, anxiety can take over your day to day life and prevent you from functioning normally. In worst case scenarios, it can cause sufferers to withdraw from family and friends, feel as if they are worthless or cause them to have suicidal thoughts. Anxiety is a normal human response and, with carefully managed professional treatment, it's possible to learn how to manage it appropriately.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

When you feel stressed or anxious, you might experience one or more of a wide range of behavioural, psychological and physical symptoms.

  • Physical symptoms

    Anxiety often goes hand in hand with physical symptoms such as the feeling of butterflies in the stomach that we discussed earlier. Others include:

    • increased heart rate or palpitations
    • sudden sweating
    • tingling hands or feet
    • stomach cramps
    • nausea
    • dizziness or shaky legs
    • the urge to use the toilet
  • Psychological symptoms

    People are affected by anxiety in many different ways and, sometimes, psychological symptoms can be just as scary as physical symptoms. Some of the most common issues are:

    • Feeling as if people are staring at you or talking about you
    • Feeling hyper-alert to things that are happening around you
    • Thinking that you will faint/be sick/have a heart attack/die
  • Behavioural symptoms

    Avoidance is the most common behavioural trait during periods of anxiety. People wrongly think that, if they avoid the thing that is making them anxious, it will go away. However, they are compounding the problem since they will have exactly the same responses next time.

What should you do next?

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If you're struggling with anxiety on your own it's likely that it will only get worse over time. Seeking qualified professional treatment has proven to be the best way forward. With help and supervision, you'll learn how to manage your anxieties and live a fuller and more rewarding life.

The Wave Clinic offers treatment for any kind of anxiety disorder at its idyllic base in a peaceful part of Kuala Lumpur. We take a complete approach, addressing any underlying substance addictions or behavioural disorders at the same time through treatment, counselling, holistic and complementary therapies, physical activities and education.

Don't feel anxious alone. Contact us for advice and help at any time.