Monday, December 18

Relieving Anxiety Symptoms

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In today’s fast paced environment, it is important to keep anxiety under control. Everyone has suffered from anxiety at one point or another in their life. Giving a speech or even a job interview can lead to anxiety or
Panic attacks. Severe anxiety is generally experienced on a constant basis. Some of the most common anxiety symptoms include: heart palpitations, fear, shyness, abnormal phobias, panic attacks and obsessive or compulsive behavior.

A simple walk around the block will help relieve anxiety. Regular exercise like swimming or jogging is usually the best cure. However, sometimes medical help may be needed.

Often the first step towards relieving anxiety is therapy. Your therapist can help you pin down and discover the underlying causes to your anxiety and suggest a proper game plan. Cognitive and behavioral therapy are the most common techniques used for anxiety relief. Cognitive therapy teaches you different ways to think when faced with an anxiety causing situation. Reprogramming you thought process can decrease your anxiety levels by thinking more positively while anxiety is felt. Behavioral therapy will have you confront your anxiety until you start feeling more comfortable with each situation. Your therapist will slowly take you through the process until you are able to come to terms with your anxiety causing situations.

Some relaxation exercises and techniques can also help to alleviate anxiety. Panic attacks can be calmed by deep breathing techniques. Meditation can also be used to relieve anxiety symptoms when practiced before a triggering situation. Yoga and similar exercises are also known to reduce or relieve anxiety. Endorphins are released during an exercise routine and can have a calming effect, anxiety is reduced.
As a last resort, there are many medications commonly used for decreasing anxiety. The most frequently prescribe anxiety medications include: Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, Celexa, Luvox, Nordil, Parnate, Vivactil,
Tofranil, Adapin, Anafranil, Elavil, Surmotil, Sinequan, Norpramin, Endep and Ludiomil. Strict medical supervision is required since all of these medications need a prescription and can cause some side effects.

Anxiety and panic attacks could prevent you from leading a normal life. Regular exercise, therapy and medication are effective in treating this problem. Anxiety symptoms when severe, can seriously affect a person’s life. Seek out professional help and relax, medication is the last option.

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