Anxiety & Fear

Symptoms of anxiety and associated fears are many and varied and may include the following:

  • Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin, chest pain, chest tightness Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, Clumsiness, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
  • Craving sugar
  • Difficulty speaking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
  • Excess of energy, inability to relax
  • Feeling as if you are falling.
  • Feel as if you are going to pass out or faint
  • Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
  • Heart palpitations, racing heart
  • Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
  • Increased or decreased sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
  • Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Dizziness
  • Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
  • Shortness of breath
  • A heightened fear of what people think of you
  • Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
  • Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
  • Fear of being in public
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
  • Fear of passing out
  • Fear that you are losing your mind
  • Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
  • Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
  • Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness

Psychodynamic theories have focused on symptoms as an expression of underlying conflicts (Rush et al., 1998; Thorn et al., 1999). For example, ritualistic compulsive behavior can be viewed as a result of a specific defence mechanism that serves to channel psychic energy away from conflicted or forbidden impulses.

Phobic behaviours similarly have been viewed as a result of the defence mechanism of displacement. From the psychodynamic perspective, anxiety usually reflects more basic, unresolved conflicts in intimate relationships or expression of anger.

In the therapeutic space any unresolved conflicts that are manifesting in symptoms of anxiety are, over time, identified and worked through leading to a decrease in anxiety and a lessening of symptoms.