How to Deal With Severe Anxiety

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Just because anxiety is severe doesn't mean you can't still deal with it. Educate yourself about dealing with severe anxiety with help from an expert counselor in this free video clip.

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My name is Gordon McInnis. I work here at Carolina Beach Counseling in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we're going to talk about ways to deal with severe anxiety. Anxiety encompasses a whole host of different types of disorders. You have things from, like I said, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, you can have panic attack, you can have phobias, which are specific fears of different situations, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder falls under anxiety, as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder falls under anxiety. You can also have social anxiety, those kind of things, so anxiety encompasses a wide variety of different things, and it ranges in severity by person. So, there's not one that says, "Oh, this is severe anxiety versus this is mild anxiety." It's just how many of the symptoms you have, how intense it is, how long it's been going on, that kind of thing. Now yes, you can have people who have depression with no anxiety, and you can have people who just have anxiety with no depression, but a lot of times they run simultaneous together, and the most likely cause of that is because depression and anxiety affect a lot of the same kind of brain parts, the brain systems and the same type of neurotransmitters, primarily Serotonin and Norepinephrine are the ones that seem to have a big portion in anxiety. There are other neurotransmitters that have an impact in anxiety too, as well as depression, but those seem to be the primary ones. Just good, basic mental health hygiene I think is one of the best things that you can do. Stay active, don't avoid situations. A lot of times with anxiety, it keeps you from doing things, and I tell people that those are the kinds of things that you should be doing. You know, if you don't feel like going out, go out, you know? Interact with people, have a good hose of friends, have activities and things that you like to do that bring you some type of enjoyment. And again, that could be, it varies for anybody, but, you know, it could be listening to music, it could be having fun with friends, it could be volunteering. It could be all kinds of different activities and exercises that you can do. That was just some advice on some various topics related to anxiety. As always, you should go seek professional help or go see your doctor if these things are continuing to bother you.

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