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Anxiety disorders are a category of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear

Online Counseling for Anxiety

Anxiety Counseling Online

Technology has made life better for all of us in a multitude of ways. We are able quickly to communicate with people around the world — without incurring huge long-distance bills. We are able to send and receive letters (email) and pictures instantly. We can bank and pay our bills online — and we can even seek counseling online.

Anxiety Counseling OnlineThere are several reasons one might seek counseling for anxiety online, instead of traditional counseling. Online counseling may be cheaper than the offline counseling. Of course, online counseling is often more convenient to the patient, as well.

Think about this. Someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder that prevents them from actually leaving their home to go to a counseling appointment may not get the treatment that they need — only because the problem prevents keeping the appointment — or possibly even setting up an appointment in the first place. Social anxiety is one such situation.

The most effective form of counseling for anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. This type of therapy teaches you to think differently — to look at and deal with problems or events in a more constructive way than an offline counseling. This type of counseling is available online and can be provided in groups or on an individual basis.

For online therapy, the therapist and patient can communicate in a number of different ways. These methods include email, instant messenger or chat, or even voice chat. Most online therapists will have several different means of communication available, and will work with the one that the patient prefers.

Most people find that online counseling is not only convenient, but also that it is quite effective — just as effective as an offline counseling — and that they actually prefer online counseling simply for the anonymity that it provides.
If you’ve avoided traditional counseling, you will most likely find that the things that you do not like about traditional counseling are avoided or resolved with an online counseling solution.


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Counseling for Anxiety

Counseling is a vital part of treatment for anxiety.

Stress and AnxietyAnxiety is a serious problem, and it does require treatment if it is prolonged. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that complete anxiety treatment requires medication, as well as counseling. They may visit their medical doctor and get the medication, but fail to follow up with the appropriate counseling. This means that the anxiety is never actually dealt with effectively.

Counseling is an essential part of treatment for anxiety. In fact, the counseling that seems to work best is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. You won’t find yourself in therapy discussing your childhood and bringing up every wrong thing that your parents did. This is not what CBT is about.

CBT is about forming new ways of thinking — or changing your thinking patterns, as well as your own behavior. You can literally change the way that you react to events in your life, and this in turn, will control the anxiety that you experience. It focuses on how you feel about yourself, not on how others have mistreated you or unpleasant things that you’ve done in the past. You don’t have to admit all of your deepest and darkest secrets to your therapist to treat anxiety.

Exposure therapy also works well for those who suffer from anxiety. In this situation, you literally state what your fears are in a fully controlled environment, and you are exposed to that fear. Remember that this is a controlled environment, meaning that the fact that you fear cannot hurt you in this environment, despite the fact that you are exposing yourself to it.

The idea here is that, by exposure, you get a greater sense of control over this thing that you fear — seeing that it isn’t as horrible as you imagined it was. You learn, firsthand, exactly how to deal with the fear that you feel.

Therapy for anxiety is not usually a lifetime thing. In fact, most CBT programs are completed in 12-20 weeks, depending on the extent of anxiety and the patient. CBT can be conducted privately, or with a group of other people who suffer from Anxiety Disorder.

Also; read about “The Anxiety Attack“!

And; “Anxiety Untreated”

Stress and Anxiety Defined

Find a good strategy to reduce the negative effects of stress.

Ever since the term was first coined in 1936, there’s been an ongoing debate about the definition of stress.

Being such an ambiguous concept, people think that stress isn’t real. But the truth is that as common as stress is, it can have serious effects to your health if left unmanaged.

Even though we all know what stress is, it’s hard to perceive it as something damaging because it’s so intangible, and the effects of stress vary from person to person. This is another aspect that interferes with its being defined in the same way by different people.

Hans Selye - About StressWhen Hans Selye invented the term “stress” in 1936, he defined it as “the nonspecific response of the organism to any pressure or demand.” Later on, as he progressed in his studies and he modified the definition to: “The rate of wear and tear on the body.”

While these are very general definitions, they are very accurate in describing how it is perceived.

Stress is the result of a person’s inability to cope.
Whether you have an urgent project that needs to be done to perfection or you’re going through, and emotional crisis, the effect of stress will depend on how well you can cope with that situation.

Do you feel that you can handle it? Or is it too much?

Because the emotional response is such an important aspect of stress, I like this more modern definition a lot better: “Stress refers to any reaction to physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think, or feel.”

If the failure to adapt to a situation exists, this results in stress. In many cases, stress and anxiety occurs if we are encountering something new or unknown. But stress isn’t always originated by a failure to adapt. Pushing you to complete a presentation or even the thrill of landing that prestigious position can cause your body to experience stress/anxiety.

Whether it’s a good change or a bad change, any change is bound to be stressful.

Finding a good strategy to cope with pressure, change, and responsibility can significantly reduce the negative effects of stress.

Also read: The Biology of Stress

Untreated Anxiety

Untreated anxiety is an extremely real problem.

According to the NIMH, or National Institute of Mental Health, more than 19 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, a study conducted by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), done in 1999, found that only about one-third of those people seek treatment. Of those who do seek treatment, the stress may be grossly misdiagnosed, and, therefore, not treated properly.

Untreated AnxietyUntreated anxiety is absolutely a real problem — and that question just grows as long as it is left untreated. Anxiety can eventually dominate your life, preventing you from living your life to the fullest potential. Long-term anxiety can even lead to depression or increased anxieties, which in turn will most likely progress to anxiety, or panic attacks.

Anxiety is stress, but it is extreme stress. When the brain is stressed, the immune system does not function properly, and this makes you more subject to illnesses, and will also make it difficult to get over illnesses that you do have. Common problems associated with anxiety include increased blood pressure, digestive problems, stomach problems, and sleep disorders. You may also experience stress related aches and pains, diarrhea, and dizziness.

These are not temporary problems. As long as the anxiety remains untreated, these problems will not only persist — they will expand into even worse mental health problems. Nobody dies from anxiety attacks, but they can certainly die from health problems that are brought on by the stress of anxiety.

Many people don’t seek treatment for anxiety because they feel as it is “normal” and that no treatment is needed. In most cases, anxiety is normal. We all feel anxious when things aren’t going well or when truly awful things happen.

However, no matter what the cause of the anxiety, if it is a long term, and left untreated, the problems that are coming are even worse than the ones that you are experiencing today. Do yourself, your mind and your body a favor — seek treatment!

The Anxiety Attack

Anxiety attacks come quite quickly, with little or no warning.

What is the physical aspects of an anxiety attack, you may ask?

An anxiety attack, which is also referred to as a panic attack, is not the same thing as “feeling anxious.” We all feel anxious from time to time, and many people even feel anxious all of the time — because they suffer from an anxiety disorder. However, anxiety attack — which is, of course, brought on by extreme anxiety — is just a side effect of anxiety.

Anxiety AttackAn anxiety attack comes on fairly fast, with little or no warning. They last as long as 10 minutes, but the average attack lasts between one and five minutes. After one has suffered one or several anxiety attacks, they accept it for what it is. First-time sufferers often think that they have a heart attack, or even a nervous breakdown. They may even think that they are dying — even though they aren’t.

While many people may think that anxiety attacks are brought on by mental issues, this isn’t quite true. We all have a fight or flight response. Sometimes, when one suffers from anxiety disorders, the fight or flight response goes into “overdrive.” This causes the body to be flooded with hormones, including adrenalin, which causes the other symptoms of a panic attack.

An anxiety attack can be quite overwhelming and scary. Several things occur at once — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Physically, people may start profusely sweating. They may become short of breath, have a pounding heart, experience chest pain, become dizzy and/or lightheaded, feel nauseous, and even hyperventilate. They may feel as they are being choked or smothered, and there are numerous other physical aspects of an anxiety attack.

Mentally, the person will feel complete out of control, experience as they are going crazy, may hear things louder than they actually are have racing thoughts, and have impaired vision. They may seem like life has either slowed down or sped up. They may feel as they are in a dream (or nightmare) state. Tunnel vision is also common during a panic attack.

Emotionally, they will feel terror. They may fear that they are dying, and they may experience flashbacks to either earlier anxiety attacks or other traumatic events in their lives.

As you can see, anxiety attack is no joking matter for the person experiencing it. Luckily, there are medications that can be prescribed to minimize the appearance of panic attacks, as well as the symptoms experienced during such attacks.

What Is the Symptoms of Depression?

Like an anxiety attack, depression can also be darned normal

Often events occur in our lives that actually give us cause to feel depressed. If a relationship has failed, it is normal to experience a short period of depression. The same is true if a loved one dies. In fact, you would not be considered normal if you never had any days where you felt “blue.” It is perfectly healthy.

However, there does come a point when the depression is not normal. It is no longer normal when the depression lingers on for more than two weeks. It is also no longer normal if thoughts of suicide enter your mind. When the depression is preventing you from doing your usual activities, this is not normal, and treatment should be sought.

Many people don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of depression — either in themselves or other people. It is vital to know what the signs are so that you can seek treatment, or offer support to a depressed friend or a loved one.

The most common signs and symptoms of depression are:

1.  Loss of energy
2.  Irritability
3.  Physical aches and pains
4.  Problems concentrating or staying focused
5.  Self-loathing
6.  Change in sleep patterns — either not sleeping well or sleeping too much
7.  Change in appetite — may eat more or eat less than usual
8.  Loss of interest in daily activities
9.  Feelings of helplessness
10.  Feelings of hopelessness

signs of depressionIf you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, even short term, this is a sign that a serious depressed state exists. You should seek treatment. You can start with your medical doctor, and he will determine whether or not the depression is caused by a physical condition. If it is not, he will refer you to the appropriate doctor for treatment.

Never assume that the depression will pass. If it hasn’t passed within a couple of weeks, it most likely will not pass without the proper treatment.