Anxiety is the feeling you have when you are worried, tense or afraid. These feelings can be because of something that has happened or something that you think might happen in the future.

Anxiety can be classed as a mental health problem when the feelings stop you living your life as fully as you would like to.

There are a number of known Anxiety disorders and the symptoms you have may result in a diagnosis to one of them.

  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Health Anxiety
  • Body dysmorphic Disorder
  • Perinatal Anxiety

There are a vast number of symptoms and no two people will necessarily experience the same symptoms. The include (list not exhaustive):

  • churning feeling in your stomach
  • feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • pins and needles
  • feeling restless or unable to sit still
  • headaches, backache or other aches and pains
  • faster breathing
  • a fast, thumping or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating or hot flushes
  • problems sleeping
  • grinding your teeth, especially at night
  • nausea (feeling sick)

Treatment for anxiety may be completed in a number of ways depending on the severity of your condition.

Self Help workshops, CBT, relaxation therapy and medication may all be considered. It is important to speak to your NHS GP or a private GP if you believe you are suffering and need to find ways to cope.

Your friends and family can play a very important role in your recovery. They can help you to access the medical assistance that you need in order to be able to manage your symptoms for the future.



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