Feeling anxious or panicky?

Anxiety is the body’s natural reaction to stress. Every one feels anxious at certain times of danger or in worrying situations. In some circumstances anxiety is useful, it prepares you for action and enables you to respond quickly if necessary. For example, most people will be anxious when threatened by an aggressive person, or before an important race. The burst of adrenaline and nerve impulses which we have in response to stressful situations can encourage a ‘fight or flight’ response.

When anxiety interferes with everyday life, such as occurring in the wrong situations or preventing you from doing the things you want to do, it can be particularly distressing. For many people, a day of worrying can be more exhausting than a day of work.

Anxiety is abnormal if it:

  • Is out of proportion to the stressful situation; or
  • Persists when a stressful situation has gone, or the stress is minor; or
  • Appears for no apparent reason when there is no stressful situation.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

When you are anxious you feel fearful and tense. In addition you may also have one or more unpleasant physical symptoms. For example, you might have a fast heart rate, a thumping heart (palpitations), feeling sick, shaking (tremor), sweating, dry mouth, chest pain, headaches, fast breathing. You may also experience a sense of dread, or feeling you have to be alert to danger and you have difficulty relaxing or sleeping.

What triggers Anxiety?

It’s hard to know why some people experience anxiety as a mental health problem and others don’t, but some possible factors include:

  • past or childhood experiences
  • employment
  • relationships
  • your everyday life and habits
  • your diet
  • your physical and mental health
  • any drugs or medication you might be taking

If you worry more than others, it could also just feel like part of your personality – or it could be a mixture of these things. Sometimes you might not know why you feel anxious at all, and it might not seem to have any obvious cause.

Morency Therapy provide anxiety counselling for South Birmingham and Worcestershire, including Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Bromsgrove and Redditch.