Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of constant restlessness, nervousness, worry, fear or panic about what is about to happen or may happen, that blocks us from carrying out our routine in a typical way.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal emotion, like joy or sadness, and as such it has its positive function for us, which is to alert us todanger so that we can react in time in order to protect ourselves. In fact, moving at moderate anxiety levels allows us to be sufficiently motivated and activated to face challenges without feeling discomfort. The problem occurs when anxiety does not fulfil its true function, which is to help us. For example, when it appears in situations that do not pose a real danger, in everyday situations such as driving or interacting with others. Or when we interpret the situation as much more tense than it is, like taking an exam. Furthermore, if anxiety is prolonged over a long period of time, we can burn out our mental and physical resources, and that is when it is important to treat it.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety exists in three typologies:

  • Cognitive: you can identify it in the form of worries, negative thoughts, anticipation of misfortune, magnification of the problem, and problems with concentration and memory.
  • Physiological: we can observe tremors, muscular tension, palpitations, choking sensation, sweating, dizziness, nausea and digestive problems, amongst others. This high level of activation of our organism also affects our sleep, nutrition, and sexual response.
  • Behavioural: this refers to our observable reactions, i.e. how we express emotions both verbally and non-verbally, such as fidgeting, nervous twitches, etc.
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  • Infidelity or the appearance of flirtation with third parties.
  • Loss of confidence in the other person for this reason or for the sum of small disappointments over time.
  • Jealousy and distortions in the perception of the partner.
  • Conflicts in making important decisions for the couple and their environment.
  • Loss of intimacy and passion or differences between the two as to what is expected from sexuality as a couple.
  • Finally, the break-up may have taken place.

How to overcome anxiety

Anxiety as a disorder, i.e. anxiety that is not adaptive, is very common due to the pace of life that we lead today, and for this reason it has been widely studied at a scientific level. For this reason we have highly effective protocols that we personalise for the specific circumstances of each person.

There are techniques that affect each of the three types of response that we have mentioned, and which also initiate a cascade of improvements in each of the other typologies.

It has been shown that anxiety benefits greatly from learning breathing and relaxation techniques, debating irrational thinking, emotional psychoeducation, clarifying your life values, decision making, or controlled and gradual exposure to your fears, to name a few that you can carry out together with your professional.

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When is couples therapy advisable?

Time spent with a partner, living at home, raising children or lack of trust are the issues that most often cause disagreement between people in love or in a relationship. Sometimes, throughout the relationship, interactions and conflicts can accumulate. Left unresolved, they can end up causing a void and a feeling of incomprehension that generates less communication and more tension, leading to the experience of distance between a couple.

Symptoms of relationship problems

When a crisis sets in a couple we can find:

  • Communication problems, with deficient expression of feelings and needs, as well as conflicts due to lack of assertiveness when the problems are presented.
  • Emotional dependence of one or both parts of the couple, which produces great dissatisfaction for false expectations about the relationship, which leaves little room for the necessary individual freedom.
  • Infidelity or the appearance of flirtation with third parties.
  • Loss of confidence in the other person for this reason or for the sum of small disappointments over time.
  • Jealousy and distortions in the perception of the partner.
  • Conflicts in making important decisions for the couple and their environment.
  • Loss of intimacy and passion or differences between the two as to what is expected from sexuality as a couple.
  • Finally, the break-up may have taken place.
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  • Infidelity or the appearance of flirtation with third parties.
  • Loss of confidence in the other person for this reason or for the sum of small disappointments over time.
  • Jealousy and distortions in the perception of the partner.
  • Conflicts in making important decisions for the couple and their environment.
  • Loss of intimacy and passion or differences between the two as to what is expected from sexuality as a couple.
  • Finally, the break-up may have taken place.

Couple test

Do I have a healthy relationship?

How to overcome relationship problems

Couples therapy is a therapeutic method that focuses on restoring happiness to the relationship between two people. During the process of improvement, the two people find the passion that brought them together, thus bringing to the surface a series of feelings that have been forgotten, and it is above all a question of improving communication in a bidirectional way.

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Do I have anxiety?

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