The first step to overcoming anxiety is to figure out what type of anxiety you have. Maybe you just have anxiety symptoms in response to some stressors you have recently experienced, like financial difficulties, problems with your boss, or relationship problems. In this case, the anxiety symptoms may be short-lived, and goes away when you deal with your stressors. However, if your stressors become overwhelming, you may develop an adjustment disorder with anxiety. Say you go bankrupt, or you got fired from your job, or you got a divorce…these are severe stressors that can be overwhelming, and may manifest as an adjustment disorder with anxiety. The anxiety from adjustment disorder usually goes away when the stressors are dealt with and you learn coping skills. Still, you may continue to experience stressors, and you may have a close family member who has an anxiety disorder. In this scenario, you may develop an anxiety disorder, and which one depends on a number of factors, such as your family history, your personal history of trauma or abuse as a child, and the stressors you face, just to name a few.
After figuring out what type of anxiety you have, then you can start on a course of treatment for your specific type of anxiety. For anxiety symptoms that develop after experiencing some stress, then you can just wait it out until the stress is gone, and then you will be back to life without anxiety soon. The important thing is to not panic, and to tell yourself the anxiety is only temporary. For adjustment disorder with anxiety, you will need to do more work on addressing the stressors, but once the stressors are dealt with and you learn coping skills, then the anxiety symptoms usually go away. For anxiety disorder, you need to follow an individualized treatment plan according to your specific anxiety disorder, your specific anxiety symptoms, and the severity of your anxiety symptoms.
To get started on finding out what type of anxiety you have, and to obtain an initial plan on how to overcome your anxiety, please take our Anxiety Test.