What is anxiety?
The term anxiety is used to describe feelings of fear, worry and unease. At some point in our lives, we will all feel anxious, especially in a stressful situation such as sitting an exam, going for an interview or having a baby. However, if these feelings are very strong and last a long time, it can start to feel very overwhelming.
When you suffer from anxiety, sometimes your thoughts can run wild and make you imagine things that are worse than how they present, which can then prevent you from day to day living. Anxiety is something that can affect a person with no cause or it can occur with a cause. Anxiety can present itself in many ways. Some are listed below.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is defined as a disorder where the sufferer feels they are in a constant state of high anxiety, which is known as ‘chronic worrying’ or a ‘free-floating’ anxiety condition. People who suffer from GAD often describe themselves as suffering from racing thoughts, loss of concentration, and an inability to focus. GAD is a very difficult disorder to live with as it is constant and there is no respite for the suffer as the worry is not tied to a specific situation or event.
Panic attacks are experienced out of the blue and without a trigger. People living with panic disorder often feel fine one minute and then out of control the next minute. Panic attacks produce physical symptoms, such as a rapid increase in heartbeat, shortness of breath and churning stomach sensation. These symptoms are naturally unpleasant and they accompany psychological thoughts of terror.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This type of anxiety disorder may develop following a traumatic event that may involve a serious illness or even death. The event can be witnessed or experienced. Sufferers may experience flashbacks, panic attacks and heightened awareness. PTSD is common in ex-soldiers who have been involved in conflict situations
Social Phobias/Social Anxiety
Social or public situations can also include anxiety disorder where you may fear of being the centre of attention, or of people noticing the sufferer’s anxious behaviour. The fear of behaving in an embarrassing or humiliating way can lead to a complete withdrawal from social contact, as well as avoidance of specific social situations such as public toilets, eating out etc. The physical signs of this phobia can include blushing, shaking and sweating etc.
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How I can help...
Be U Counselling Service can help you with the use of two main techniques. With the use of CBT, we can help you to manage your anxiety by helping you to break down your thoughts so you can separate a rational thought from an irrational thought. Then with the use of mindfulness, we can help you to relax and concentrate on the here and now giving you a greater clarity on your surroundings. Learning these techniques and methods can make a huge difference as with anxiety it is important to not let the fear of your anxiety rule your life.
I offer a 30 minute, no obligation session, where you can come and meet me, ask me questions or use it as a short counselling session to get a feel for what counselling is like and whether it is something that you want to commit to. This session will also give you an opportunity to discover if you feel comfortable working with me and are able to build a therapeutic relationship with me, which is very important for counselling to take place. If after the 30 minutes, you are happy and would like to commit to the counselling sessions, I will book you in for an assessment session where we will set out a therapeutic contract.