Anxiety is a feeling of being anxious, very eager and concerned to do something or for something to happen (117). But if you feel anxious all the time, or for no obvious reason, it can make life difficult (17).
Anxiety feels like fear. When it's caused by a problem in our life that can't be solved, like money difficulties, we call it worry. If is a sudden reaction to a threat, like looking over a cliff or being confronted by an angry dog, we call it fear. Although worry, fear and anxiety are unpleasant, they can all be helpful:
* psychologically - they keep us alert and give us the 'get up and go' to deal with problems;
* physically - they make our body ready for action - to run away from danger or to attack it - the “fight or flight” response.
These feelings become a problem when they are too strong or when they carry on even when we don't need them any more. They can make you uncomfortable, stop you from doing the things you want to - and can generally make life difficult (17).
If it gets too intense, or goes on for too long, it starts to interfere with your performance - so can make you depressed and can damage your physical health (17).
The acute physical signs of anxiety can be sleeplessness, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, dizziness, irritability. These signs can often accompany feelings of intense apprehension or worry. These can be common in mental illness or after extreme or distressing experiences. Therapy can help you with feelings of general anxiousness, panic attacks and phobias, by providing you with ways of dealing with certain situations as they occur and exploring the cause of these (18).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking treatment which can help you to understand how some of your “habits of thinking” can make anxiety worse - or even cause it - and to come to terms with reasons for your anxieties that you may not have recognised yourself (17).
It is a good idea to practice relaxation regularly, not just at times of crisis. (17) Our counsellors and psychotherapists will help you to learn to relax. Counselling and psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.