Anxiety together with Depression are the most common forms of mental distress these days. Latest research now also confirms that both depression and anxiety are deeply linked. Every person who experiences depression also struggles with some form of anxiety.
People suffering from anxiety tend to interpret the world in a more negative (frightening) way. They are often quite judgemental about themselves and tend to apply “black and white” or “all or nothing” thinking. If we think “black and white” a certain part of our brain gets activated which we call the sympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system is also responsible for the “fight or flight” response which produces stress hormones in order to prepare or bodies (increased heartbeat, sweating, tension etc.) for either fight or flight. This response is extremely helpful when our life is in danger but is rarely helpful when we deal with our modern world problems such as relationships, workplace, family etc. These problems are much more complex and very often not solvable with “black and white” thinking. Nevertheless, these stress hormones can either cause panic (severe reaction triggered by a certain event) or can cause more chronic issues such as anxiety or stress, which is also a form of anxiety. All of those reactions can be very debilitating and can hinder us to live a fulfilling life. They also provide an ideal breeding ground for other mental health issues such as depression.
It is therefore very advisable to address issues such as panic, anxiety and stress not only in order to life a more fulfilling life but also to prevent other mental health issues. Counselling and Psychotherapy provide very effective help for people with anxiety issues.