Anxiety Treatment in Dubai

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Feeling worried and anxious is normal and can happen at some point in our lives. However, if this keeps happening or persists for a long time, it may be an indication that you are struggling with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder can weigh a person down to the point of not keeping up with normal daily activities because they cannot stay calm for long periods. This not only affects the person suffering from it but also the people around them.

Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle alone. Anxiety treatment can help by addressing the causes and tackling the symptoms, enabling you to live a full life again.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal feeling that occurs in reaction to stress that alerts us to pay attention to a particular situation. However, anxiety becomes a stress disorder when it differs from normal feelings of anxiousness or nervousness and involves excessive anxiety and fear. 

Anxiety disorder can hinder a person from functioning normally due to their recurring intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. Anxiety attacks can sometimes be difficult to control and can last a long time even if the person is out of proportion to the actual danger. 

Avoiding situations or places that might trigger a panic attack helps with the disorder but professional treatment from an anxiety specialist is required for the general well-being of the person.

What are the Types of Anxiety?

Anxiety disorder is normally diagnosed by a psychiatrist, and before undergoing any treatment, the anxiety specialist has to determine the specific type of the condition. There are several types of anxiety including:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder:

This is characterised by tension, exaggerated worry, and chronic anxiety, even when there is nothing or little to worry about.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

OCD is characterised by recurrent obsessions (unwanted thoughts) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviours). People with obsessive thoughts try to prevent them or make them go away by engaging in repetitive behaviours such as checking, counting, cleaning, or handwashing. However, this only provides temporary relief, and not performing them constantly increases anxiety.

Panic Disorder:

This is characterised by unexpected and repeated sessions of intense fear combined with physical symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, abdominal stress, or chest pain. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD:

This is an anxiety disorder that is likely to develop after exposure to an ordeal or terrifying event that was threatened or caused grave physical harm. These events include accidents, military combat, natural or human-caused disasters, or violent personal assaults. 

Social anxiety disorder (Social Phobia):

This anxiety disorder is characterised by excessive self-consciousness or overwhelming anxiety in everyday social situations. Social anxiety disorder is often limited to only one type of situation such as eating and drinking in front of others, fear of speaking in informal or formal situations or experiencing symptoms almost every time the person is around other people.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

The common signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling tense, nervous, and restlessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sense of impending doom, danger, or panic
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • Difficulty controlling worry
  • Avoiding things that can trigger anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems

What are the Causes of Anxiety?

Anxiety may be caused by various factors such as a physical condition, mental condition, stressful life events, effects of drugs, or a combination of these. 

Anxiety can be caused by certain disorders such as:

  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Stress disorder

Other common causes of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Stress from work, school, finances, personal relationships, global occurrences, pandemics, emotional trauma, or medical illness.
  • Side effects of medication
  • Abuse of drugs
  • Symptoms of certain medical conditions such as heat stroke, heart attack, or hypoglycemia
  • Not doing exercise, not involving in physical activities that lead to scarcity of oxygen in the blood

Anxiety Treatment Options

There are two main types of treatment for anxiety, and these are:

  • Medications for anxiety
  • Therapies for anxiety

Sometimes these two types of treatment are combined for a better outcome. It may also take some time for you and your psychiatrist to discover which types of treatments work best for you. 

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Medications for Anxiety

Medications are useful for treating symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder. They can be used alone but they are often prescribed along with other therapies. There are some types of anxiety medications that can be addictive, thus they are usually prescribed on a short-term basis.

There are different types of medications for the different anxiety disorders with some being preventive while others are designed to treat the problem. 

Medications for anxiety include Antidepressants and Antihistamines.

Therapies for Anxiety

Therapies for anxiety include psychotherapy, which is also known as psychological counselling or talk therapy. This form of treatment involves working with a therapist to minimise the symptoms of anxiety. 

One of the most effective types of therapies used is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). This is a short-term treatment that focuses on teaching specific skills that will reduce the symptoms thus enabling the patients to return to their normal activities which they avoided for fear of anxiety.

What to Expect During a Therapy Session for Anxiety?

Therapy for anxiety mostly involves cognitive behavioural therapy in which the patient is taught to understand how his/her thoughts contribute to their anxiety. The patient then learns how to reduce those thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of anxiety symptoms.

Breathing Exercises for Stress and Anxiety

If you live with anxiety, here are some useful tips that can help you manage your stress and anxiety:

4-7-8 Breathing Technique

In this breathing pattern, you should inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and then exhale over 8 seconds to complete a single repetition. While performing this breathing therapy, focus on cherished moments. These memories might include moments of love, pride in your accomplishments, times when you were applauded, or enjoyable journeys.

Initially, it may be hard to focus on these memories while maintaining your breathing rhythm. Over time, you will become adept at shifting your mood, focus, and thoughts from negative to positive.

Exercise and Jogging

As the saying goes, our habits shape our actions. Continuing the same behaviours will not yield better results. The best thing you can do for yourself during extreme anxiety and stress is to get up, walk, and, if possible, start jogging. It’s beneficial to join a gym and exercise regularly.

Social Gathering 

Try to be assertive when you feel low, as low self-esteem leads only to more stress.. Remember, humans have experienced stress and anxiety since the beginning. Believing you are alone in coping with stress will only worsen the situation. Everyone copes with stress in different ways, showing that you are not alone. Go out and spend time with people you trust. If you don’t find the right person, remember the one in the mirror cares for you, believes in you, and wishes you well.

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What is the Best Way to Treat Anxiety?

Anxiety is treated with either medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

How Long Does Anxiety Take to Treat?

There is no definite amount of time specified for anxiety treatment. Both psychotherapy and medication can be short-term or long-term depending on the severity of the anxiety disorder.

How Many Sessions are needed?

There has been significant improvement after about 8-10 sessions of anxiety therapy according to the American Psychological Association.

Call to Action

Anxiety disorder is the most common type of mental disorder. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report  about 301 million people were suffering from it as of 2019. Since then, the situation has worsened. If you are suffering from anxiety and need professional help, Euromed Clinic offers the best anxiety treatment in Dubai. Get in touch with us by calling +971 4 394 5422 or by filling out our online form. You can also contact us via WhatsApp at the same number. Our expert psychologists are ready to assist you on your journey to recovery.

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