How do you respond when you experience emotional, stressful or harmful situations? Do you respond with laughter? Shyness? Fear? Aggression? Maybe you have a regular response, or perhaps it may vary between circumstances. For many people, a common pattern of behaviour and responses can be identified as anxiety; a state or feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease regarding uncertainties or certainties. (Oxford Languages Dictionary 2020). This is often a short term (acute) state or feeling and it can have an affect on a person mood, their interactions with others and their understanding of themselves.
Anxiety is a response which can be both useful and necessary, particularly when an individual is presented with danger or threat, it can keep you alert, vigilant and responsive. In contrast, some of the more negative aspects of anxiety may persist, and the chronic experience of anxious states of being can induce severe affects.
Throughout the majority of the population anxiety and anxious states of being come and go, with infrequent patterns; however, for some, the experience of anxiety may be more severe, longer lasting, manifest in ‘episodes’ or ‘panic attacks’, and interfere with their daily life. When diagnosed, this can be known as Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder (AD) can be tested by a medical professional by using a ‘Goldberg Anxiety Scale’ which asks a person to reflect on their past month, and answer questions relating to the moods they have experienced, the rest and relaxation they have engaged in, the physical stress and irritations they have experienced and their sleep and worry habits.
There are multiple types of Anxiety Disorder, which reflect the symptoms and the perceived origins or causal factors of a persons state of being; types of Anxiety Disorder include Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Acute Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Mixed Anxiety and Depression.
It can be difficult to know how to help some one who is, or has been, experiencing a type of Anxiety Disorder, particularly if they have become engaged in crisis. Organisations have begun to offer tools for ‘Key’ co-workers to help those in a crisis situation, and act as a first response to an experience of anxious symptoms.
Mental Health First Aid training, such as that offered by MHFA England, has become a common form training and teaches a simplistic, versatile and researched approach to providing assistance, this is known as ‘ALGEE’, and it can be thought of in a similar way to that of more traditional training approaches, such as physical first aid’s ‘Dr. ABC’.
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