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Fighting the big 'A'

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 8:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence

That uneasy feeling that something is about to go wrong. You start to worry and stress to the point of paranoia. You may appear very normal and functional on the outside, but on the inside, you may be suffering from anxiety.

Because we are able to function for the most part, we dare not tell anyone, and avoid the stigma of getting counselling. But according to counselling and clinical psychologist Calvin Young, it is a very treatable condition. He recommends that, for individuals who constantly feel on the edge, they see their general practitioner.

"Some of the symptoms of anxiety are also pre diabetic symptoms. Therefore, I would recommend that, if you feel like you might be suffering from anxiety, see a doctor and, if he rules everything else out, then you should see a psychologist or psychotherapist," he advises.

Dr Young notes that, having found out that you are suffering from anxiety, then you are able to be properly treated. Young noted that, first and foremost, your way of thinking would need to be adjusted. He admitted that most anxiety stems from worrying. Since this is the case, you will have to find a way to avoid, eliminate or cope with the things that might be triggers of anxiety.

"That is the first thing that we will have to identify and need to adjust," he notes.

If this is not treated properly, it can be debilitating in your everyday life. It can affect how you communicate and cause you to constantly be angry and short-tempered. You may feel stressed and overwhelmed and sometimes experience depression. In extreme cases, it can even cause post-traumatic stress disorder, which will affect your way of conducting your day-to-day activities.

Thus, first and foremost, once you are suffering from anxiety, you need to seek treatment. If you work in a high-stress job, avoid getting overwhelmed.Young recommends that you develop a hobby, do something you enjoy - watch a comedy so that you can relax, thus reducing the possibility of your becoming overwhelmed.

Here are a few symptoms of anxiety:

• Headaches

• Nausea

• Heart palpitations

• Muscle tension

• Getting easily agitated

• Having trouble breathing

• Feeling like you are having a heart attack.