Anxiety in the body worksheet


What is the theory behind this Anxiety in the body worksheet? 

The general symptoms of Anxiety include cognitive symptoms, physical symptoms, and behavioural symptoms. Most noticeable symptoms of individuals suffering from anxiety are physical symptoms of autonomic arousal like sweating, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath, as well as more  somatic complaints like insomnia, restlessness, and muscle aches, frequently accompanying the emotional distress of anxiety.

How will the worksheet help?

To manage the symptoms of anxiety, one must be aware of their physical manifestations. This worksheet will assist clients in understanding their physical signs and symptoms, which will help in the management of anxiety.

How to use the worksheet?  

The therapists will use this worksheet with the client to make him aware of his physical symtopms. The worksheet consists of simple activity. Therapist will instruct the client to solve the worksheet during the session and can also give this worksheet as homework to the client.   

Anxiety in the body worksheet

Think about the moment when the first sign of anxiety starts appearing. Now write or draw what happens to your body when you experience anxiety. Highlight the body part where you experience the change and also mention the symptoms that you experience. A list of some symptoms is given for your reference. 

Physical symptoms 
Dryness of mouth.Pounding of heart.Shortness of breath.Butterflies in the stomach.Neck and shoulder stifness.NauseaTingling in hands and feet.Numbness of hands and feet.Sweaty & cold hands.Shaky voice.Trembling in hands and body.Light headedFaintHeadacheDizzinessOther

References

Gelenberg A. J. (2000). Psychiatric and Somatic Markers of Anxiety: Identification and Pharmacologic Treatment. Primary care companion to the Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2(2), 49–54. 

Anxiety disorders: Types, causes, symptoms & treatments. (n.d.). Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9536-anxiety-disorders

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