Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease. It incorporates both emotional and physical sensations. We all experience anxiety from time to time this maybe due to many things, for example a new job, taking an exam, having a baby, getting married or divorced. Often over time anxiety can pass but if the anxiety remains leaving you feeling overwhelmed you may need some help.
Symptoms of Anxiety
The emotional symptoms can be; anger, dread, edginess, a busy mind, racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, restlessness, negative thoughts, numbness and a feeling of the world around speeding up or slowing down. The physical symptoms can be; tense muscles, headaches, increased heart rate, stomach churning, sickness, pins and needles, dizziness, light headedness, faster breathing, needing the toilet more and difficulty sleeping.
Over time Anxiety can lead to depression, sleeping problems, substance misuse, a change in your sex drive, impact on your relationships and negatively affect your quality of life.
The most common Anxiety disorders are;
• Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
• Panic disorder
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I have worked with many people that have experienced Anxiety. When working with Anxiety I incorporate the somatic (bodily and physical symptoms) as well as the cognitive (thoughts) emotions (feelings) and behaviours.
I can help a person understand how to work with techniques that manage the symptoms of Anxiety. This will be a positive step forward as a person can feel they have regained some control of their lives. Once a person feels more physically stable and safe we can begin to tackle the emotional and mental effects of Anxiety.