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Signs of Anxiety and How to Tackle?

How to Tackle Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in Denmark and makes daily life challenging for many who experience it. It is estimated that as many as 350 000 Danes suffer from symptoms that fit the criteria for anxiety. According to the Danish Health Authority, anxiety is the second most common reason why Danes seek psychiatric care.

We also see many young people who experience feelings of anxiety, nervousness, worry or fear as a burden in their daily lives.

Our society seems to be paying more and more attention to our mental wellbeing. You may be hearing people in your social circle talk more often these days about their experiences of anxiety.

When we use the term ‘anxiety’ in everyday conversation, it can encompass a wide range of issues, not necessarily related to mental illness. The general increased attention to our wellbeing can help us to become more aware of how we feel. With this awareness, we can become more aware that feelings of anxiety are part of our lives.

Many of us experience periods in our lives when feelings of anxiety seem to dominate more than we think is reasonable. As young people, there are many challenging situations to cope with, which for some may contribute to the feelings of anxiety they experience.

Anxiety can be addressed in different ways, and there can be significant differences in approaches between psychiatrists and psychologists. Even among psychologists, there can be different approaches. Here we present our understanding of anxiety, based on our understanding and work with anxiety-related issues.

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Typical Signs of Anxiety

As mentioned, anxiety is initially a perfectly normal and healthy emotion. However, for some people, anxiety develops to negatively impact their lives. There are different types of anxiety and different anxiety diagnoses.

Symptoms of anxiety or distress can range from uncomfortable nervousness and worry to panic attacks and anxiety attacks that can momentarily take over the mind. Different people have different mental and physical symptoms, and different situations can trigger anxiety in individuals.

Symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • Inner turmoil and distressing thoughts
  • Avoiding activities and places that are feared to trigger anxiety
  • Fear of going mad or being mad
  • Fear of being ridiculed or fear that others will not like you
  • Fear of death
  • Physical symptoms such as palpitations, tremors and sweating
  • Tightness of the chest and difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness, hvad forårsager angst
  • Restlessness and discomfort
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating and irritability
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and abdominal pain

The disorder itself is often very unpleasant, and you may think that the sensation and physical symptoms themselves are dangerous. Fortunately, you can’t die from a seizure. Feeling and experiencing anxiety and anxiety-related feelings is something we all experience at some point in our lives, even if we don’t necessarily have an anxiety diagnosis.

Why Do We Experience Anxiety?

Research shows that the specific causes of anxiety are difficult to pinpoint, but it is understood to be a combination of social, biological and psychological factors.

Biologically, anxiety is partly heritable. This means that a person inherits the possibility of developing anxiety, but not the disorder itself. Children and young people whose parents have anxiety are more likely to experience anxiety at some point.

Any uncertainty and unpredictability in childhood can contribute to the development of anxiety later in life. Factors such as a lack of love, stability or presence in upbringing can also play a role. Family history of mental health problems, domestic violence, abuse, and trauma can also be factors that contribute to psychological vulnerability.

Smaller issues such as bullying and divorce can also be important factors, especially if they are handled incorrectly.

Growing up, life challenges can trigger pre-existing vulnerabilities. Stressful and stressful situations can contribute to anxiety, which may be linked to bereavement, divorce or stress. Often, anxiety arises in response to events, which is why a direct correlation may not be seen.

How Do We Tackle Anxiety?


Because anxiety disorders limit us and cause us to avoid activities that we would normally enjoy, one of the most common ways to address anxiety is through exposure to anxiety. Exposure is a technique particularly familiar from cognitive therapy, but it is also used in other therapeutic approaches.

Exposure to anxiety involves challenging feelings of anxiety by engaging in activities that elicit a small amount of anxiety at a time. This gradually trains the body to have positive experiences in overcoming anxiety until it no longer dominates daily life. The body learns to find calmness in social events or by taking lifts, for example.

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