Similarly to depression, anxiety can be a difficult condition to recognise and diagnose. It is healthy to feel anxious when in stressful situations, like before an exam, on a first date or faced with immediate danger. But what about when you are simply sitting at a family meal and you are gripped with panic, when there is no identifiable reason? It is far more common than you might think.
There are around 6% of people in the UK suffering with chronic anxiety. All severe anxiety conditions begin with mild symptoms and can escalate into serious conditions if left untreated. When a person is unable to effectively discharge their reaction to a threat, it becomes stored in their nervous system and their ability to regulate their emotions becomes challenging and in some cases, impossible. This is why a sudden noise or even a particular facial expression can trigger a person to feel the effects of anxiety so significantly they are unable to cope with their daily tasks, be it employment, education or socialising with family or friends.
Due to the debilitating nature of anxiety, many people can find themselves withdrawing from friends, relationships, employment or education, meaning that there are less people to provide comfort or reassurance. The inability to socialise may frustrate the individual and there is a risk of spiralling into a vicious cycle of shame, when really what the person needs is understanding, empathy and somebody to listen and care. This is where Orchestrate comes in.
Anxiety is an umbrella term for chronic conditions which are the manifestations of stress such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
People suffering from anxiety may experience panic attacks, which are characterised by a shortness of breath, tight chest and an inability to breathe. These can be particularly distressing for an individual as they might feel as though they are having a heart attack and may come without warning, although usually a person will be ‘triggered’, which means for a memory or certain situation sparking a sense of intense worry or fear.
Anxiety can also feel like an unshakable sense of dread. A person with anxiety may be repeatedly told that they have nothing to worry about, or that everything will be fine or to ‘snap out of it’. However, without professional help a person with anxiety is likely to continue feeling fearful and anxious about a variety of things; particularly scenarios where they will be, or perceived to be under scrutiny. This means that socialising, dating or organising job interviews will be particularly challenging for a person with anxiety.
At Orchestrate we understand that anxiety can feel like your world is shrinking around you; limiting the things you can do and forcing you into isolation. Our aim is to assist you to take back control of your life and begin pushing back against the restrictions of anxiety disorders.
Unfortunately there are some people with anxiety who have been told to ‘get over it’ or had their behaviour perceived as a choice, rather than a condition. At Orchestrate our home services provide you with support to meet your needs. We are here to listen to you and to understand your situation and work together to uncover the root cause.
Treatment for anxiety can range from mindfulness, meditation or medication, depending on the severity of the condition and the preferences of the individual. Our aim overall is to create a sense of safety and trust and to work at your pace towards a hopeful and optimistic future.
If you think that you would benefit from home mental health services for anxiety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your circumstances further and explore how we can help.
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