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By resident consciousness coach Torri Seaton

Anxiety is a part of everyone’s life. There are different ways of dealing with it, if you are struggling to cope with anxiety.

Treatment and support can help a person deal with their anxiety, and can make it easier to live with. And with time, one can find himself or herself free from the majority of their issues. 

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Causes and Types

Anxiety is mainly of two types. One type is anxiety that is easier to deal with, and the other type is a worsened form of anxiety, which leaves a mark on your personality. The first type of anxiety is more easily manageable. Support from your near and dear ones can help you come out of your anxiety, or you can always deal with it on your own, without needing any support. But the second type of anxiety requires some effort to make living easy. The first thing that needs to be done is to determine which type of anxiety you have, and then to find out the root cause of it. Causes for anxiety can also be external. So in order to deal with your anxiety in a better way, you need to find out whether your anxiety is caused by an external factor or not. Any bitter incident which took place in your past life can be the cause, or sometimes it can be an indistinct intuition that something is not right; but if your anxiety is due to external factors, then you should work towards dealing with it. However, there is no obvious external cause for anxiety reactions to life.

Studies are still conducted to find out the cause of anxiety in people who dont have any reasonable past traumatic experience which could lead to anxiety. People with deep-rooted anxiety may have chemical imbalances in their brains for improper registration of neuro-chemicals. However, you should be aware that it is not a proven fact with any concrete evidence. A relatively new study conducted in 2005 showed that it is possible to do a normal blood test to find out the chemicals present in the brain which can cause anxiety.

Symptoms

More or less all anxiety symptoms are quite well known, because, over the years, many people have experienced anxiety. The usual symptoms are: prolific sweating, lump in the throat, palpitations, twitching, dry mouth, chest pain, and shortness of breath or wheezing. However, these symptoms can exist as side-effects of some other medicines or other psychological issues. When linked to a phobia, as opposed to being general anxiety disorder, the symptoms normally only happen in reaction to explicit stimuli.

Treatment

Groups like Toastmasters International help you with specific anxieties that have not yet reached a weakening stage. After you notice the anxiety symptoms in yourself, you must consult a psychiatrist or a health professional.

A qualified mental health professional can assess your anxiety, diagnose your psychological issues, and plan a course of treatment that suits you best. If you detect that your anxiety is reaching a bad stage then at once you must seek advice from your doctor, so that there are full chances of your recovery. If you have full support from your family and from those who understand you, this can help you treat your anxiety. Thus you can cope with anxiety in a better way, and your recovery will be quick and complete.  

Journaling, therapy, group sessions, or medication are the various methods of treatment. However, cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most common type of therapy. In this kind of treatment, the mental health professional aids you in shedding the ways of thinking that contribute to the cause of anxiety. The professional can then introduce you to situations and methods that help in controlling your anxiety. 

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