We all experience some anxiety in a stressful situation. However, once the threat has passed, the body returns to a normal state. With ongoing anxiety, this does not occur and the body remains in a constant state of alarm (fight/flight or freeze response), which can impact significantly on your ability to function in daily life.
Symptoms of Anxiety which prevent you from functioning
- you are preoccupied by excessive worries which affect your everyday life
- you feel overwhelmed and find it difficult to calm yourself down
- you experience physical symptoms such as: heart palpitations,
- chest pains, dizziness, trembling, dry mouth, sweating, shortness
- of breath, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- you have a fear of: going mad, losing control, dying, embarrassing yourself, being humiliated, being judged negatively by others, or not being able to escape from a situation
- you frequently avoid situations as a way of ‘managing’ your anxiety
- you find social situations anxiety provoking
- you experience feelings of panic which come on ‘out of the blue’
- you fear that something dreadful is going to happen
How to overcome your anxiety
Left untreated, anxiety and panic can cause you considerable distress, significantly limit what you can do in your life, and hold you back from achieving your potential.
Psychological treatment can help you to:
- become a calmer and more relaxed person living more in the present, rather than constantly worrying about the “what ifs” and “catastrophizing”
- learn strategies to manage and overcome the symptoms of anxiety and panic
- reduce excessive worrying
- feel more comfortable in social situations
- change anxious, negative and self-critical thoughts that limit you
- overcome fears and avoidant behaviours
- strengthen coping skills
If you need support for your anxiety and/or panic, contact us to learn how to deal with the above feelings, thoughts and behaviours.