How To Deal With Excessive Anxiety?
Good evening, I’m Sukma Wijaya. I want a consultation regarding my psychological condition. So every time I am in a crowded place with people I don’t recognize or merge into a new group with people I don’t recognize before, and when I have to adapt, I often feel anxious. Where I think that should not be worried, but my feelings remain anxious and can even affect my mood that day for the next few days and really lose energy to feel lethargic and lazy after I was in the place / environment for several hours. Fear and the thought that people see me as strange, and do not want to accept me continue to be present after the incident, to affect my ability to socialize so that it inhibits my adaptation to the environment. My question is, is my anxiety still normal or what? And guess if there is a way to overcome it. Because to be honest I feel tired and uncomfortable. Thank you for your time.
Hello Sukma Wijaya,
Anxiety and fear are normal things that humans feel about certain things or conditions. However, excessive anxiety and excessive fear of something that normally does not need to worry to cause a person's functional disruption in daily activities, work, and social interaction can be suspected as an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders can be broadly divided into:
Social anxiety disorder
Overall anxiety disorder
Specific phobic disorders
The anxiety disorders above have general symptoms such as:
Can not be silent, restless
Cold sweaty hands
Shortness of breath
Continuously want to urinate
Difficult to concentrate
Patients with social anxiety disorder or social phobia feel overwhelming anxiety when having to deal with social situations or when having to interact with others. Patients with social anxiety disorder will tend to avoid these situations for fear of being embarrassed. The diagnosis of social anxiety disorder can be established if the following criteria are met:
Psychological, behavioral, or autonomic symptoms that arise must be primary symptoms of anxiety disorders and not secondary to other symptoms such as delusions (erroneous beliefs that are difficult to break) or obsessive thoughts
Anxiety must dominate or be limited to certain social situations
Patients almost always avoid situations that cause anxiety
If the fear that arises is very excessive, I already cause somatic symptoms in yourself, cause difficulties interacting with people and adapting to the environment, you should consult further with a psychiatrist or psychologist.
To overcome this anxiety disorder, a combination of psychotherapy such as behavioral cognitive therapy and treatment such as antianxietas are needed. In addition, you also need to adopt a healthy lifestyle with adequate rest, exercise regularly, and eat healthy foods and avoid excessive caffeine consumption. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.