Situational anxiety is when your anxiety is triggered by certain situations and events. This is in contrast to generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), a common problem in 35 to 39 year olds and which is a long-term condition whereby anxiety is caused because of a variety of issues and situations rather than a certain event.
Situational anxiety is caused by a known situation. This can widely range from taking an exam, to public speaking or a job interview. The problem is more common than you’d think, but can be treated.
There are many different symptoms and signs you may be suffering with situational anxiety. It is very unlikely you will experience them all, but in response to certain situations, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Feeling light headed
- Feeling nauseous
- Feeling nervous
- Increased heart rate with rapid breathing
- Muscle tension
- Restlessness or shaking/trembling
From Medical Specialists® you can safely buy treatment for situational anxiety online. This treatment is a medication called Propranolol, available in a 10mg or 40mg strength. This is known as a beta-blocker, and can dramatically help to relieve your feelings of anxiety.
Beta-blockers are widely prescribed for various conditions such as migraine prevention and angina. Propranolol works by slowing your heartbeat and stopping the effects of adrenaline. This lets you feel more relaxed and calmer, reducing symptoms such as sweating and shaking.
Not everybody is able to take beta-blockers however such as Propranolol (for example those with low blood pressure already). Speak to your doctor first if you are uncertain.
Medication alone can be incredibly useful for treating your symptoms of situational anxiety, but is unlikely to get to the root cause of your problems.
Some people also choose to speak to their doctor regarding being referred for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). These often weekly sessions with a trained counsellor or therapist, encourage you to identify thought patterns that lead up to certain behaviours, and change them. This could help you to remove the fear you link to particularly situations or events certain situations, allowing you to live without purposely avoiding your triggers.
There are also other factors that could play a part in successfully treating situational anxiety. For example, consider joining a support group whereby you meet with others experiencing the same as you, and you collectively talk about your issues together. This is effective as reminding you that you’re not alone.
Regular exercise, keeping to a route sleeping pattern, stopping smoking and reducing caffeine intake may all help too.