What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is when you feel worried or restless due to your nervous system being over-active without being able to resolve the situation immediately. If you are in a difficult or dangerous situation, these feelings can give you an awareness of the risks and what you need to do. But sometimes the feelings can be overwhelming and stop you being able to act effectively.
With an anxiety disorder, these stressful feelings are more than you can cope with and the worry just gets bigger. The feelings then getting bigger than the situation and they become the problem. Because the feelings seem out of your control and they feel so bad, you start to avoid triggering situations. This is a logical strategy, but it also doesn’t allow you the chance to learn how to manage better. This can lead to you worrying all or most of the time, even to worry about worrying.
Anxiety or avoiding anxiety becomes a big and negative part of your daily life. Therapy can make a great deal of different reducing anxiety and putting you back in control. Contact us for an assessment and treatment.
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Psychological Symptoms of Anxiety
- feelings of dread or ‘impending doom’ or fearing the worst,
- dwelling on negative experiences, or thinking over a situation again and again (called rumination)
- feeling your mind is very busy with thoughts
- heightened alertness,
- experiencing panic attacks,
- difficulties concentrating,
- feeling on edge or irritable or restless,
- changes in appetite,
- feeling out of control
- feeling like other people can see you’re anxious and are looking at you
- depersonalisation (feeling not real, not yourself, not connected), and
- feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down
- wanting to escape from the situation you are in.
"10 million people in the UK are affected"
- fast heartbeat,
- feeling light headed or dizzy or faint
- heavy and fast breathing,
- hot flushes or blushing,
- dry mouth,
- hair loss,
- difficulties sleeping,
- tense muscles and headaches
- pins and needles
- needing the toilet more frequently, or less frequently,
- churning in the pit of your stomach, and
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach aches and nausea (sickness).
Long-term Effects of Anxiety?
- problems sleeping,
- developing depression,
- difficulty developing or maintaining relationships,
- a lowered immune system making you more susceptible to certain physical illnesses,
- increase use of smoking or drinking or drugs to cope
- a change in your sex drive,
- difficulty holding down a job,
- less enjoyment of your leisure time.
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