General Issues Concerning Chronic Anxiety
DPER Life Center
All of us feel anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion when dealing with something our mind considers a threat. Threats can simply be a problem at work, or doing an activity we have never done before, facing a life changing decision, or trying to talk with a bill collector. It is normal to feel nervous when faced with known problems we must solve and with issues concerning our livelihood.
On the other hand “anxiety disorders” are different. They often result in such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. For people dealing with this type of disorder, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming. But with treatment, many people can learn to manage those feelings and live a fulfilling life.
Among the various types of anxiety disorders are those labeled as a Social Anxiety disorder. This disorder, or phobia, has a component of worry or self-consciousness that centers on the fear of being judged by others or doing something that might lead to embarrassment. This time of year, I see an increase of this type of disorder as people young and old are starting school.
Often children and young adults going back to school or going off to college are experiencing crippling anxiety. They know they should feel excited about the possibilities a good education affords, but they are crippled with fear and can lose out on a great opportunity or underperform or even drop out. Sometimes people experiencing this disorder simply procrastinate, missing due dates on assignments or leave work till the last minute or simply drop out and end up leaving school before they can maximize their goals.
Fortunately, there is help available. In the last two decades much progress has been accomplished in the treatment of people with such disorders. The exact treatment that is effective depends on the type of anxiety disorder a person may have. For Social Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral therapy has proven to improve self-esteem and social skills. Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing has also been shown to help a person deal with social anxiety disorder. Social skills may be taught in a groupbased format or in individual therapy. If you or someone you know would like assistance in dealing with anxiety, seek out a competent counselor you feel comfortable with.
Side note: On October 22 the DPER Life Center is sponsoring a Craft Bazaar at our location at 414 S. Curry St. This Bazaar will be from 9 to 2 p.m. Please feel free to drop by.