Anxiety (and anxiety problems including generalised anxiety and worry, panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety).
Anxiety is often linked with depression, each making the other worse. Feeling stressed, fearful of the future, the mind full of whirring, repetitive negative thoughts which grow bigger and bigger until they overwhelm you can all be signs of anxiety.
Common Physical symptoms are:
- Raised heart beat, Palpitations
- Breathing difficulty/Hyperventilation/Dizziness/Choking
- Headaches, Aching muscles, Muscle tension/Shaking
- Sweating/Dry Mouth
- Inability to sleep
- Feeling sick/Wanting to use the toilet more often
- Lack of concentration/Clumsiness
Common Psychological symptoms are:
- Thinking you have a serious illness/might die
- Feeling that things are out of control
- Feeling that you might go mad
- Feeling that others are judging you
- Feeling like you want to run away and hide
- Feeling detached from normal life
All these can be signs of anxiety which, left untreated, can lead to an inability to relax and enjoy life. It is natural to try to avoid these feelings and thoughts. However, avoiding them only reinforces feelings of helplessness and confirms the impression that we cannot cope. Instead of growing more capable, we grow weaker and our lives diminish in pleasure and confidence.
Working with you to identify causes of anxiety and choose a suitable strategy for dealing with them is my priority and a range of therapeutic treatments are available, including psychotherapy and CBT and guidance in Mindfulness practice if appropriate. The main choice in every case is the individual client and what may most benefit him or her. Contact me if you’d like to discuss how I can help you with these feelings.