The Psychiatric Relevance Of Anxiety And A Psychoneurotic Problem

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The individual suffering from anxiety neurosis often demonstrates a serious degree of unfounded dread, apprehension and worry. The anxiety reaction may be caused by too much concern for one’s future. Such individuals are easily upset about little mistakes they have made. Unlike other neurosis, the individual is unable to pinpoint a specific reason for his or her uneasiness. His/her entire life is dominated by anxiety, which has no specific cause.


While the individual suffering from anxiety neurosis is anxious in all situations without a known cause, the individual suffering from phobic reactions has attributed his anxiety to some specific object. The physical symptoms of anxiety reactions are show through breathing difficulties, excessive perspiration, headache, dizziness, palpitations of the heart, restlessness, nail biting and inability to sleep.

Counselor may need to know the effects of anxiety reactions on their students. A student suffering from anxiety neurosis may be overactive, continually restless, unable to sit still for long periods of time, walking rapidly around with hands and legs in constant motion. All the listed hyperactivity characteristics affect the student’s concentration. He is thus unable to concentrate for a long period of time. The restlessness also hinders effective study.

Causes Of Anxiety Neurosis

Anxiety neurosis is commonly caused by the following etiological factors:

Basic feelings of inadequacy and inferiority: Many children are constantly subjected to criticisms, failure and guilt. They therefore develop to be fearful of new situations and insecure in social relationships. The slightest stress situation often causes great discomfort and anxiety. Any form of threat of suggestions may easily trigger the individual’s feelings of inadequacy and inferiority.

Another cause of anxiety neurosis is feelings of guilt: Conflicts between the individual’s personal desire and need for social approval may cause anxiety neurosis.
Anxiety neurosis can be caused through previous harbouring of feelings of fear and guilt from a traumatic event in the past. An individual may feel responsible for an occurrence and carry the guilt burden through life.

Another cause of anxiety neurosis can be found in the person with an insecure childhood, who constantly strives for commendation from his or her parents but may become extremely upset as an adult when his or her action ends up in disapproval and correction rather than endorsement.

Many children suffer from anxiety neurosis as a result of their home background. When the child’s parents constantly experience marital difficulties, this can cause serious feelings of worry and anxiety in the child.

Management Of Anxiety Neurosis

The management of anxiety neurosis always responds to psychological treatments since the causes are always psychological. During therapy, the counselor should try the following therapeutic techniques.
• The counselor should help the patient evaluate his or her past experiences and examine their binding influence upon him or herself.
• The counselor should try to resolve the conflicts which form the basis of the anxiety. This will in turn encourage the anxiety neurotic patient to become stronger in his or her self-concept and gain ability to face life with more confidence and also become secured and well adjusted person.
• A typical technique is to request the anxiety neurotic patient to demonstrate the relationship of his or her anxiety to a particularly threatening situation. The patient may be requested to keep a record of when he or she feels most anxious and apprehensive. Keeping such records often helps to gain an understanding of the factors which may be responsible for the anxiety neurosis.
• Another effective therapeutic management technique of anxiety centers upon improved family relationships. This technique allows the therapist or counselor to spend time with the members of the family of the anxiety neurosis person.
• The family members should be made to see the influence of an unstable home environment on the anxiety neurosis child. Parents may also be urged to resolve their constant marital conflicts so that the anxiety neurosis child could be helped to develop a healthier emotional adjustment. In many instances, once the counselor is able to improve the family environment, through family therapy, the anxiety neurosis child is able to develop an improved sense of security and competence, which may in turn dispel the child’s fearfulness and anxiety.

For more on mental illness articles, you can click on the following links
1. Clinical Features Of Mental Diseases: Disorders Of Perception, Memory, Intelligence, Consciousness And More
2. Psychiatric Emergencies: Health Significance Of Suicide, Anxiety, Panic And Psychotic Excitement
3. Classification Of Mental Disorders: Their Clinical Significance In Psychiatry
4. The Health Significance Of Psychiatry As A Science And Classification Of Mental Diseases

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author avatar Lambasted
14th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice work, great article and keep it up

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author avatar Funom Makama
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Tnx Lambasted

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