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Anxiety

Background

This information is about the specific health area mentioned above. It comprises a combination of textual and video information, on our site and on external sites.  We will be adding new specific health areas and further information continually.

The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

General Information

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.  However, sometimes this anxiety is not a result of a specific situation, but is an overall feeling.  This is known as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For people with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away as situations change and it can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.  The NHS say there are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder – excessive anxiety or worry displayed most days for at least six months, about things such as health,work, social interactions or just routine life. Symptoms include restlessness, edginess, easily tired, difficulty concentrating, irritability,tension, sleep problems.
  • Panic Disorder – unexpected panic attacks where people can experience heart palpitations, sweating,trembling, shortness of breath, feelings of impending doom or being out of control.
  • Phobia Related Disorders – extreme fear of or aversion to a specific object or situation out of proportion to the actual danger or risk from it. People experience irrational fear of it, take active steps to avoid it, experience extreme anxiety if it occurs.  Types include: Specific or simple phobias (of something like flying, heights, animals (spiders!), injections, blood), Social Phobia (or social anxiety disorder) where people have a fear of social interactions, Agoraphobia where people have an intense fear of transportation, open spaces, enclosed spaces, crowds or being outside alone, Separation Anxiety Disorder where people have fears about being parted from people who they are attached to.
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder – where people perform specific repeated behaviours or tasks as a result of recurring irrational thoughts.
  • Illness Anxiety Disorder – also known as hypochondria – anxiety about your health.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – is anxiety following a traumatic event.

There are charities such as AnxietyUK which provide support for people suffering from anxiety.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site

PersonalityDrive

PersonalityDrive has a lot of information on different aspects of personality, including personality disorders and also some tips and information.

We have relevant information on PersonalityDrive
MindDrive

MindDrive has a lot of information on different sorts of mental issues, and also provides you with some options for sorting these issues out yourself or getting help.

We have relevant information on MindDrive

On external site(s)

Healthline have some information on anxiety – this includes the symptoms, some causes, treatments and the links between anxiety and stress, depression and alcohol.

WebMD have a full health centre dealing with anxiety and panic, with articles, videos and links to other sites.

Video

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Mind trick to deal with panic attacks

If you suffer from panic attacks, then there is a way of dealing with these.  This video shows how you can overcome these.  It explains the reasoning behind the panic attacks and why this mental trick actually works.

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Questionnaire

In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

Questionnaire on our site

Take Questionnaire on our site

You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

Our Questionnaire

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is a classic stress assessment instrument. The tool, while originally developed in 1983, remains a popular choice for helping us understand how different situations affect our feelings and our perceived stress. The questions in this scale ask about your feelings and thoughts during the last month. In each case, you will be asked to indicate how often you felt or thought a certain way. Although some of the questions are similar, there are differences between them and you should treat each one as a separate question. The best approach is to answer fairly quickly. That is, don’t try to count up the number of times you felt a particular way; rather indicate the alternative that seems like a reasonable estimate.

This questionnaire originates from Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JB, et al; A brief measure for assessing generalized anxiety disorder and was created by Pfizer Inc.

Welcome to your Sexual Addiction Questionnaire for Women

This is taken from the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) for Women

Copyright 2003 Patrick J. Carnes, PhD and Robert Weiss, LCSW, CAS. All rights reserved. For personal use only; other use may be prohibited by law. Visit the Sexual Recovery Institute for more info.

1. Were you sexually abused as a child or adolescent?

2. Have you subscribed or regularly purchased/rented romance novels or sexually explicit magazines?

3. Have you stayed in romantic relationships after they become emotionally or physically abusive?

4. Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts or romantic daydreams?

5. Do you feel that your sexual behaviour is not normal?

6. Does your spouse or significant other(s), friends, or family ever worry or complain about your sexual behaviour? (not related to sexual orientation)

7. Do you have trouble stopping your sexual behaviour when you know it is inappropriate?

8. Do you ever feel bad about your sexual behaviour?

9. Has your sexual behaviour ever created problems for you and your family?

10. Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did not like?

11. Have you ever worried about people finding out about your sexual activities?

12. . Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behaviour?

13. Have you ever participated in sexual activity in exchange for money or gifts?

14. Do you have times when you act out sexually followed by periods of celibacy (no sex at all)?

15. Have you made efforts to quit a type of sexual activity and failed?

16. Do you hide some of your sexual behaviour from others?

17. Do you find yourself having multiple romantic relationships at the same time?

18. Have you ever felt degraded by your sexual behaviour?

19. Has sex or romantic fantasies been a way for you to escape your problems?

20. When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?

21. Do you regularly engage in sado-masochistic behaviour?

22. Has your sexual activity interfered with your family life?

23. Have you been sexual with minors?

24. Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire or fantasies of romance?

25. Do you ever think your sexual desire is stronger than you are?

A cautionary note:

There is a wide range of prevailing opinions as to what is acceptable sexual behavior. If you are concerned about your own sexual behavior, and you feel that your behavior is causing you problems, or may get you into trouble with the law, please talk to a professional.

Treatment for sexual addiction is available through therapy as well as 12-step support groups such as Sex Addicts Anonymous and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. Please print out your sexual addiction test and score and share it with your doctor or therapist.

Remember, this is NOT a diagnosis. Only a doctor or qualified mental health professional can make a diagnosis of sexual addiction or sexual compulsivity and recommend treatments.

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