Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions from which many people suffer each year. As debilitating as it can be, it is highly treatable. In fact, many sufferers go on to manage or overcome their symptoms and go on with their normal lives.
However, its ability to be treated depends significantly on how quickly sufferers seek out and undergo mental health services. They can regain their normal lives and cope better with their symptoms by undergoing professional anxiety therapy.
Learning Coping Mechanisms
People who undergo professional anxiety therapy are typically taught coping mechanisms that help them reintegrate back into society and manage symptoms that kept them homebound. These coping mechanisms are designed to reduce the distress that people feel in the midst of an anxiety attack. They also give sufferers confidence to go back out into public, engage with other people, and resume most or all of their normal lives.
These coping mechanisms can include placing ice inside one's hand or on the back of one's neck to force the brain to focus on the cold temperature instead of anxiety symptoms. It can also include placing one's face in a sink or bowl of icy cold water to induce the sensation of diving. This sensation forces the body to lower the heart rate and preserve energy, which can be effective in stopping a panic or anxiety attack.
Other coping mechanisms include listening to music in headphones while walking around a large store. This technique can be particularly helpful for people who suffer from agoraphobia-induced anxiety. The person listens to the music and keeps distracted from feeling overwhelmed by being out in public and among strangers.
Outpatient anxiety therapy also includes an element of talk therapy, which can help sufferers get to the root of their anxious feelings. Their therapists can help them confront any of their embedded mental triggers. They can come to terms with prior childhood abuse, neglect, high parental standards, and other factors that can induce feelings of anxiousness.
Talk therapy can last for several months, or as long as it is needed to help people manage anxiety. It is paired with the teaching of coping mechanisms.
Anxiety therapy can help sufferers get back to their normal lives. It often includes the teaching of coping mechanisms, such as using ice, to stop anxiety attacks. It also includes several months or longer of talk therapy.
After developing a chronic physical illness, I soon began realizing that the disease plagued my mind almost more than it did my body. While my illness is not life-threatening, it was very difficult accepting that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life and eat a strict diet. After a year of depression, I finally overcame my fear of "exposing" my feelings to others and made an appointment with a mental health counselor. With her help, I was able to see the "silver linings" in life that I had greatly taken for granted before I became ill. I now encourage anyone who is battling an illness of any type to seek the psychological help they need. I plan to post lots of little mental health tips and tricks on my new blog along with advice for choosing a good counselor. Please come back soon!