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Friday, August 9, 2019

Anxiety(A Psychologist answers your questions about)


                               A Psychologist answers your questions about:

Q. What is anxiety?
A. Anxiety is a feeling of being uneasy or nervous. People who are anxious usually feel worried or apprehensive about what might happen.
Q. What causes anxiety?
A. Basically, anxiety is caused by ineffectively dealing with personal problems. In some cases, the anxiety is persistent and is usually just there without the person being able to isolate a specific reason for the feeling of nervousness. In others, the anxiety may appear as an attack with a sudden onset and have attached to it feelings of imminent danger. Some people suffer from anxiety in the form of reoccurring thoughts, or repetitive behavior. These thoughts and behaviors bear little, if any, relationship to the person's realistic goals in life. Finally, anxiety can be felt in an individual because of an irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation. This fear, known as a phobia, is recognized by the individual as unreasonable in relation to the actual danger of the feared set of circumstances.
Q. Can anxiety be caused by physical problems?
A. Yes, there are certain physical disorders that can cause a person to suffer from anxiety. That is why it is important to have your physician rule out physical reasons.
Q.  What should I do after my physician rules out physical causes for my anxiety?
A.  You can seek out a professional that treats anxiety. That would usually be a psychologist or a psychiatrist and in some cases a social worker.
Q. What type of treatment will I receive?
A. You will treated with psychotherapy. You may also be treated with a combination of psychotherapy and certain medications that relieve anxiety. The type of psychotherapy that you receive is based on the training and orientation of the professional that you choose. Some attempts focus on the anxiety itself, while others try to identify and resolve underlying conflicts.
Q. How do I know what kind of therapist is best for me?
A. This is a commonly asked question. Although therapists have preferences on type of therapy, this is not necessarily the crucial issue. The most important issue is whether you think that the therapist is competent. If you do not feel comfortable with the person that you choose, you will not trust him/her. If lack of trust becomes an issue you are wasting both your time and money. Shop around and do not be afraid to ask questions.
Q. Is treatment expensive?
A. it depends on the duration of your therapy which depends on the severity of the anxiety. Some therapists have a sliding scale based on your income, and many insurance plans help to pay for treatment

                                                 Anxiety Quiz

  • Do you usually feel jittery or jumpy?
  •  Do you worry a great deal?
  •  Are you unable to relax?
  • Do you startle easily?
  • Are your hands cold and clammy?
  • Do you often have an upset stomach and/or diarrhea?
  • Are you easily distracted?
  • Do you have difficulty concentrating?
  • Do you have insomnia?
  • Are you often impatient?
  • Are you usually anticipating misfortune to yourself or others?
  • Are you often irritable?
  • Do you sometimes have tingling in your hands or feet?
  • Do you have unrealistic fears?

If you answered yes to some of these questions you may have a problem with anxiety and you may want to consult a psychologist.

You will find help in Dr. Perino's book:

I think I'm hopeless... but I could be wrong.
A guide to building Self-Confidence

Joseph Perino, Ph.D.

Chapter 1
•Does This Sound Like You? •Shyness •Sensitivity And Self-Consciousness •Loneliness, Depression Or Anxiety •Self-Defeating Thoughts •Relationships •Getting Started •Just What Is Self Confidence •Self-Confidence Is Not An Absolute •Cyclical Thinking •Risk Taking •How This Book Will Help You •How Long Will It Take? •Things To Remember
Chapter 2
•Describing Yourself To You And Others •Who Am I •Physical Attributes •Appearance •Social Interaction •Personality •Family Relationships •Well Adjusted •Vocational •Activities Of Daily Living •Thinking Ability •Sexuality •Self-Inventory •Things To Remember
Chapter 3
•Who Said You Had To Be Perfect? •Setting The Standard •Self-Fulfilling Prophecy •Helping Others To Draw Negative Conclusions •Avoiding Rejection •Behavioral Signs Of Low Self-Confidence •Thinking Patterns Of Low Self-Confidence •Physiological Aspects Of Low Self-Confidence •Things To Remember
Chapter 4
•Faulty Cognition •Self-Confidence Quiz •What About When Others Criticize Me •Words Are More Than Just Words •How Self-Esteem Begins •Distorted Self-Talk •Some Cognitive Distortions •Things To Remember
Chapter 5
•Thoughts And Vocabulary Of Inequality •Preview Questions •Personal Enemy Number •Personal Ally Number •Blame And More Blame •The World Of Should •Was I Born With This Enemy? •But Parents Have To Criticize Sometimes •Is A Person Bad Or Different? •Are Parents Effective Models? •Things To Remember
Chapter 6
•Why I Listen To My Personal Enemy •Everyone Wants To Be Loved •Is This Enemy Of Any Value? •Some Other Characteristics Of The Enemy •Listen To Your Self-Talk •Try This •Things To Remember
Chapter 7
•Things Your Parents Forgot To Tell You •Just Like Acting On A Stage •Rewriting The Script •Why Didn't My Parents Teach Me About Self-Confidence? •How Was I Raised? •Personal Power •My Score •Things To Remember
Chapter 8
•Constructive Visualization •If You Can't Imagine It, It Can't Happen •Rewrite Some Scripts •A Parent Script •Some Hints •Things To Remember
Chapter 9
•Rewriting The Script •Outline For Success •Getting Started In Social Situations •What If I Can't Find Anyone To Talk To? •Development Of Problem Solving Skills •Things To Remember
Chapter 10
•What Do I Do Now? •Self-Help Books •Cognitive Behavioral Therapy •Cognitive Restructuring •Some Important Questions •Things To Remember

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