AnxietyFeeling anxious is a natural emotion and is usually associated with a nervous response to an event or incident, a potential threat, or a difficulty to be faced. At times, anxious feelings can become acute and can induce unpleasant side effects that can be hard to manage. The symptoms can include feeling faint, sweating, increased heart rate, (palpitations) panic attacks, muscle tension or pains. You may also feel unable to concentrate, be tired or irritable and not be able to sleep well. Often, to avoid the feelings, people change their behaviour so that they will not have to encounter the difficult side effects. There are different levels of anxiety and research suggests that approximately one in every ten people will experience these feelings at some point in life.
Therapy for Anxiety
Making the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help to uncover what is triggering your response. Therapy can help you to examine your perceptions and to recognise the source of the discomfort. The therapist will assist you in developing strategies for coping better with the stressful factors that induce the anxiety.
Further benefits can include:
- A sense of being more in control of your life.
- Learning strategies for coping with stressful situations
- An awareness and ability to think about what triggers you response.
- Opportunity to make sense of the difficulties you experience.
- Explore thoughts, feelings and perceptions that contribute to your anxiety.
- Learn individualised relaxation techniques.
- Panic Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social, Performance and general anxiety
- Exam Anxiety
- Relationship anxiety