Anxiety in and of itself is not a disease or illness but turns into a condition when a person becomes physically, psychologically, emotionally, fearful or distraught because of their symptoms. All human beings encounter normal levels of anxiety and fear in response to day-to-day circumstances. In fact, anxiety is a healthy response in many situations. But, when levels of anxiety and fear are excessive, they have an impact on our physical and psychological well-being and should be addressed.
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. They may behave in a nervous, upset way, or turn their feeling outwards, being cruel to others or experiencing emotions of rage or anger.
Therapists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions. People who fully engage in recovery from trauma and anxiety discover unexpected benefits. As they gradually heal individuals find that they are also developing inner strength, compassion for others, increasing self-awareness, and often the most surprising -- a greater ability to experience joy and serenity than ever before.