As a Holistic energy practitioner I have had an awareness of the many clients and friends I have seen with ‘anxiety’ in many forms and recently I have been working on a ‘free’ anxiety program’ to allow those with ‘anxiety to take back control of their lives.
I will be offering a series of short ‘blog’ posts on the differing identified areas or types of anxieties prior to the release of this program called The 7 Steps to Freedom so that if you or someone you love suffers from this often debilitating condition then you know that help is at hand.
Fears of things that walk crawl run or fly e.g. Birds, Moths, Spiders, Dogs and Cats.
Is it an anxiety or a phobia have been asked? My family have always been excessive worriers, maybe that’s what’s wrong with me, or could there be a reason for the fear?
Everyone may well experience a fear or a worry at some time in their life, it may be as simple as a fleeting thought about missing an appointment ranging through generalized worrying about daily affairs to ‘excessive worrying’ or phobias about a wide range of insect life through to specific birds and animals.
In the long term anxieties and phobia can have a more profound effect on your body and the symptoms or the frequency of the symptoms that you experience may be much more profound when these anxieties are compounded by levels of fear, and in these instances it can literally take over a person’s life due to its frequency or the debilitating effects that they produce.
I am going to talk about the different types of anxieties in this series of short blog posts and share with you some of the symptoms that are associated with the differing forms of anxieties and related ‘phobias’.
Anxiety can be classified as a disorder when the symptoms of anxiety become longstanding or ‘chronic’ and have an effect on our daily lives and our ability to function in our everyday life
Fears of things that walk crawl run or fly e.g. Birds, Moths, Spiders, Dogs and Cats
In general anxiety and phobia sufferers will often report the following symptoms:
- A constant fear creating muscle tension especially in the head and shoulders and back
- Physical weaknesses when confronted with or in more extreme cases ‘thinking about the ‘fear or phobia’
- Sweaty hands or breaking out into a sweat, and this can also involve a feeling of being ‘frozen’ or unable to move
- Fear or confusion, these can be either one or both and may fluctuate, this may lead to shortness of breath or feeling as if you cannot take a deep breath and or palpitations or feelings of your heart fluttering which may be accompanied by shortness of breath
- Upset stomach as in feeling heavy or nauseous in the stomach, and may lead to reflux or vomiting
- Inability to relax this can relate to being constantly tense or on edge and ‘looking for or imagining a threat when one may not be apparent
- Constant worrying even when you know that there is not anything to worry about
These symptoms may range from mild to severe and be upsetting enough to make the individual feel uncomfortable, out of control, helpless and fearful.
For some people I have worked with as clients over the years their ‘fears’ have precluded them from going outside, having a ‘social life’ which includes visiting people or places where animals may be, or needing to check specific areas of their homes and motor vehicles for insects for example.
*If in doubt that your symptoms are more than ‘anxieties’ please seek the appropriate medical advice.
Anxieties and anxiety disorders fall into a series of separate categories or diagnoses depending on the individual symptoms and the severity of the levels of anxiety the person is experiencing. The broad overview of the types of anxiety disorders I will be discussing in this series on anxieties includes.
3 OCD- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
4 Social Anxieties
5 Anxieties and phobias
6 Fear of flying’
7 Fears of things that walk crawl run or fly e.g. Birds, Moths, Spiders, and Cats.
8 Separation anxiety
9 Performance anxiety
10 Fear of Failure exams
11 Fear of Failure Business
12 Fear of death or dying
13 GAD general anxiety disorder
14 Post Natal Depression
15 Panic attacks
16 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder