Feeling anxious, panicked or tense?
Anxiety is one of the most common reasons that people seek therapy.
Worries, fears and anxieties are common to us all.
They are not physically or mentally damaging and are normal reactions to stress or danger which only become a problem when they are exaggerated or experienced out of context.
However, if you have anxiety problems, these feelings occur regularly, causing distress and leaving you feel powerless and out of control. The symptoms of anxiety are listed below, they can include a pounding heart, sweating, tension and avoidance behaviours.
If left untreated anxiety can have a significant impact on your ability to concentrate at work, have a negative impact on your relationships and your overall mood.
Anxiety can have both psychological and physical symptoms.
Psychological symptoms of anxiety can include:
- feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
- having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired
- not being able to concentrate
- being irritable
- being extra alert
- feeling on edge or not being able to relax
- needing frequent reassurance from other people
- feeling tearful
When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These cause the unpleasant physical symptoms of anxiety such as an increased heart rate and increased sweating.
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
- a pounding heartbeat
- breathing faster
- palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
- feeling sick
- chest pains
- loss of appetite
- feeling faint
- needing the toilet more frequently
- "butterflies" in your stomach
My Therapist Online can help you
If you recognise some of the symptoms above, you may benefit from speaking to one of our therapists. Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in treating the many different anxiety disorders including panic disorder, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, performance anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, traumas and post traumatic tress disorder (PTSD)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a recommended treatment for conditions where anxiety and depression are the main problem. CBT will often focus on lifting the spiralling cycles of depression and low mood.
CBT helps you to understand the underlying causes of your anxiety by working to examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are contributing to it. With your therapist you will develop a personalised plan to cope with anxiety and learn techniques and tools that will help you now and help prevent the return of it in the future. Many of our therapists are highly training and experienced in treating anxiery.
'Overcoming Anxiety - A Self-Help Guide' by Helen Kennerley (1997)