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
- your everyday life and habits
- your diet and physical wellbeing
- 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.
Long term anxiety will not be overcome in just a few sessions. Many people who come for therapy have been anxious most of their life and find themselves at a point where it is now unbearable. Psychotherapy can increase self awareness and help you to understand and address the underlying cause of your anxiety and move forward in different way. CBT can be useful for controlling anxiety which is related to a specific thought or situation you are aware of.
Morency Therapy & Consulting Rooms provide anxiety counselling for South Birmingham and Worcestershire, including Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Bromsgrove and Redditch.