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We have all felt some degree of anxiety. But when it stays too long, is unmanageable, or appears for no reason, it may be time to seek help to deal with it.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is one of our natural reactions to stress and unpleasant situations, but when it takes over our lives, it becomes problematic. It can be a heavy burden to bear, both for the person suffering from anxiety and for their loved ones. But there are ways to make the difficult easier.

You are not alone in living with anxiety

According to a 2024 report conducted by Irish mental health charity Aware.ie, 3 in 5 of those surveyed stated that “anxiety makes work and attending to responsibilities difficult”. With higher levels of anxiety among people of all ages, therapy can be an effective way of coping with mental health challenges.

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Signs that it might be time to seek help

When you experience symptoms such as heart palpitations, difficulty breathing and a constant feeling of discomfort, these are signs of anxiety. In many cases, physical symptoms can also include stomach problems or headaches, nausea or even chest pressure.

Even a persistent worry about social situations (social anxiety) or general unease that prevents you from enjoying life can be symptoms. Understanding that these symptoms are not just “in your head” but actual signals from your body can be the first step towards improvement. If you need more in-depth information, you can find even more specific symptoms at Vårdguiden.

Different therapies and options for you

When you want to get help with your anxiety, talk therapy is likely to be a first step. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for various forms of anxiety. There are also medical options such as anti-anxiety medication, but these should be used as a complementary treatment.

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How therapy can help with anxiety

Talking to a professional therapist gives you tools to understand and manage your symptoms. It can also significantly improve your quality of life and make it easier to cope with the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

The benefits of seeking help

As professional help often helps to de-dramatise anxiety, it can also reduce it. Instead of feeling a bit lost about how to deal with it, you can learn concrete methods and steps to improve your situation. When you seek help, it is always confidential and our therapists are trained to deal with your particular problem in a professional manner.

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Choose a brighter future

By seeking help, you are not showing signs of weakness, but of strength. As it is an active choice to get the support you need, you can improve your life situation. Professional help is available and is an important step in making your life brighter and more manageable. Even if you are not ready to take the step today, you can always book a 20- or 45-minute session with our therapists and psychologists. Before starting a treatment, a 20-minute call can be a good start to feel what it’s like to meet a professional counselor or coach. We are here, ready to make the difficult easier.

9 common questions and answers about anxiety

What is anxiety and how is it defined?

Anxiety is a natural emotional reaction to stressful situations. It is the body’s way of warning you of a potential danger. It becomes problematic when it prevents you from living a normal life.

What are the most common physical symptoms of anxiety?

Heart palpitations, rapid breathing, sweating and difficulty concentrating are common symptoms.

How does anxiety differ from stress or worry?

Stress is a reaction to external pressures, while anxiety is usually an internal feeling. Worry is a lighter form of anxiety.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

There are many different types of anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder and specific phobias. Each type requires a unique treatment approach and an experienced therapist can help you identify and manage your specific type of anxiety.

How can I support someone close to me who suffers from anxiety?

Listen, be present and encourage professional help.

What treatment methods are available for anxiety?

Therapy, medication and lifestyle changes are common methods to effectively treat anxiety.

How can I manage my anxiety without medication?

Mindfulness, physical activity and talk therapy are all good ways to learn how to manage your anxiety.

What are the long-term effects of untreated anxiety?

Untreated anxiety can lead to depression and other mental health problems.

How much does therapy at Lavendla cost?

At Lavendla, the therapists and coaches set the price themselves, and each session is usually between €60-120. How many therapy sessions are needed for grief processing, personal development, stress management, or what you need help with, you decide in consultation with the therapist. The first time you meet, the focus is usually on getting to know each other, defining your challenges, and then making a plan for how you will work together to achieve your goals.

Anxiety treatment steps to improve quality of life

We are all different and we all deal with anxiety differently. Therefore, it is important to understand your anxiety behavior and work with your therapist to address it as best as possible. However, you can already get an idea of what treating anxiety through talk therapy might look like. Here are the most common steps in an anxiety treatment:

  1. Exploring your problem
    In the initial stage of treatment, your therapist will help you understand your specific anxiety condition. Therefore, together you will review the situations that cause you anxiety and identify the symptoms you are experiencing.
  2. Setting your own goals
    Once you have identified the problem, you and your therapist will work together to set clear and realistic goals for your therapy process. These can range from improving your general wellbeing to dealing effectively with specific triggers.
  3. Changing your behavior
    This step relies on you actively working on your behavior. You will therefore perform various exercises and use techniques designed to break the behavioral patterns that exacerbate your anxiety.
  4. Closure
    Once you have found your new behavioral patterns, you and your therapist will evaluate how close you have come to your goal. Even if you have finished therapy, your work with exercises and good habits often continues after treatment.
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Written by Ellen Lindgren

Licensed psychologist

Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.