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Anxiety

 

 

Mental health problems are common - 1 in 4 people will experience an anxiety disorder and 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage of their lives. Throughout the course of a person’s life, it is highly likely that an individual will either develop a mental health problem or have close contact with someone who does.

 

Anxiety is often a normal response to feeling stressed, starting a new job, going for an interview, public speaking, meeting new people, or going into new situations. Once the situation is over our anxiety level subside our butterflies settle down, heart rate goes back to normal. However, sometime our anxiety can take over our bodies and thoughts feel out of control. Our thinking patterns go into overdrive, we catastrophes the situation leaving you feeling like something awful may happen or anticipating the worst-case scenario in any given situation. You may feel preoccupied with everyday matters such as work or your relationships, finances, and experience compulsive worry and tension.

 

Common physical symptoms of anxiety and panic:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety can seriously interfere with your day-to-day function, and take a heavy toll on your personal relationships, career, and ability to enjoy life if left untreated. Anxiety symptoms may also co-occur with depression. Counselling can help you to identify your existing coping skills and amplify their effectiveness via a toolkit of evidence-based, practical anxiety management strategies that are tailored to your unique situation and needs.

  • Muscle tension

  • Easily startled

  • Restlessness

  • Irritability

  • Elevated breathing and heart rate

  • Hot flushes and/or cold chills

  • Trembling

  • Feeling dizzy or faint

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Excessive sweating

  • Chest and abdominal pains

 

 

Other symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Frequent feelings of tension and uneasiness

  • Feeling overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings

  • Worrying about feeling anxious (rumination)

  • Catastrophising about ‘what if’s’

  • Issues with memory and concentration

  • Dread and unease

  • Unwanted, intrusive thoughts and images

  • Fear of losing control, passing out or dying

  • Avoiding social situations

  • Preoccupied with other people responses to you