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By Zaakirah Mohamed, Psychologist

Anxiety is a normal human emotion, and we all feel anxious from time to time.  Mild Anxiety is required when we need to survive in dangerous situations, as well as to motivate us with every day challenges and objectivesExperiencing mild anxiety may help you become more alert to face challenging or threatening circumstances.

Stressful situations such as meeting tight deadlines or important social obligations often make us scared.  However when this normal emotion develops into an anxiety disorder it then disrupts our overall daily functioning, as well as our physical and mental well-being. It affects how we feel, how we act in response to it and it can have frightening unexplained physical and mental symptoms which can be very disabling for the sufferer.

Fortunately, the majority of people with an anxiety disorder improve considerably by getting effective psychological treatment by a psychologist. People who suffer from an untreated anxiety disorder often also suffer from other psychological disorders, such as depression, and they have a greater tendency to abuse alcohol and other drugs. Their relationships with family members, friends and co-workers may become very strained. And their job performance may decline.

The most popular treatments are:

Tips for the sufferer

For treatment of anxiety disorders or support needed when dealing with an individual who suffers from anxiety please contact PsychMatters for a psychologist to assist you, on 0114503576.

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