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We all experience anxiety, but if it lingers or appears without reason, it may be time to seek help.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress and unpleasant situations, but when it takes over our lives, it becomes problematic. Anxiety can be a heavy burden to bear, both for the person suffering 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 survey conducted by The Conversation, 7.8% of South African respondents had probable anxiety with the highest levels of anxiety being reported in the elderly, unemployed, those with lower levels of education, widowed or divorced people and those living in metropolitan areas.

Even if you do not suffer from anxiety that hinders your everyday life, it is worth considering what you can do to prevent more serious symptoms.

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Signs that it might be time to seek help

If you experience symptoms such as heart palpitations, difficulty breathing and a constant feeling of discomfort, you may be suffering from anxiety. In many cases, physical symptoms can also include stomach problems, headaches, nausea or even chest pain.

A persistent worry about social situations (social anxiety) or general unease that prevents you from enjoying life can also be symptoms of anxiety. Understanding that these symptoms are not just “in your head” but signals from your body can be the first step towards improvement.

Different therapies and options for you

If you need help with anxiety, talk therapy is likely to be a first step. It is 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 can equip you with the tools to understand and manage your anxiety. It can also significantly improve your quality of life and make it easier to cope.

The benefits of seeking help

Professional help can aid you in reducing anxiety. Instead of feeling confused about how you can deal with your anxiety, 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 professionally.

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Choose a brighter future

Seeking help does not mean you are weak, rather it shows you are strong. Getting support is an active choice you make in improving your life. Professional help is available and is an important step in improving your quality of life.

If you are ready to seek help, you can book a 20- or 45-minute session with one of our therapists or psychologists. Before starting treatment, a 20-minute call may be a good start so you understand what it’s like to receive professional treatment. We are here to make the difficult easier.

9 FAQs 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 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 types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder and specific phobias. Each type requires a unique treatment approach. 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?

You can offer support by listening, being present and encouraging them to seek professional help.

What treatment methods are available for anxiety?

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

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 as well as physiological problems such as increased blood pressure, stroke and a heart attack.

How much does therapy at Lavendla cost?

At Lavendla, the therapists and coaches set their own prices. The first time you meet with your therapist, the focus is usually on getting to know each other, defining your challenges, and then planning how you will work together to achieve your goals. During this session, you can also discuss the cost of your therapy.

Anxiety treatment steps to improve quality of life

We are all different and we all deal with anxiety differently. It is important to understand your anxiety behaviour and work with your therapist to address it as best as possible. To understand what treating anxiety might look like. Here are the most common steps in an anxiety treatment:

  1. Exploring the problem: In the initial stage of treatment, your therapist will help you to understand your specific anxiety condition. Together you will review the situations that cause you anxiety and discuss the symptoms you experience.
  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 well-being to effectively dealing with your triggers.
  3. Changing your behaviour: This step relies on actively working on your behaviour. You will perform various exercises and use techniques designed to break the behavioural patterns that exacerbate your anxiety.
  4. Closure: Once you have discussed your new behavioural patterns, you and your therapist will evaluate if you have reached your goal. Even after you have completed therapy, you can still practice the exercises and good habits you have learned in treatment.
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Written by samantha

Sr. Samantha Pieterse is a registered psychiatric nurse who is deeply committed to mental health and well-being. Samantha brings a unique and valuable perspective to her role as an editor for Lavendla South Africa. She has worked in Government and Private mental healthcare institutions in Gauteng and her expertise ensures that the articles on our website are accurate and accessible. Samantha is dedicated to enhancing mental health awareness and education in South Africa.