Help and Support for Chronic Anxiety
What is anxiety and what are the symptoms?
Anxiety is the experience many of us have when faced with a perceived challenge. Many of us experience occasional anxiety in our daily lives as new tasks arise and can make us feel tense, for example an accident, work deadline or financial pressure. Chronic anxiety however is an on-going problem and can result in our day-to-day functioning becoming overwhelmingly difficult. Anxiety feelings are generally unpleasant and cause us to experience a range of physical and psychological symptoms:
- Hot or cold sweats
- Fear of losing control
- Shaking or trembling
- Chills or sweating
- Increased heart rate
- Fear of dying
- Difficulty breathing, a feeling of suffocation or hyperventilation (when breathing is substantially faster and deeper)
- Fear of choking
- ‘Panic attacks’ – a sudden overwhelming combination of the above symptoms. It may also feel like you are ‘going crazy,’ having a heart attack or sometimes even feel like you’re dying (see also ‘Panic Disorder’ in the ‘Issues Treated’ menu)
Some of these symptoms of anxiety develop slowly and vary in severity. Others may occur without warning and we are left feeling frightened and powerless. When anxiety remains untreated, it can lead to serious difficulties in relationships and at work.
Why does chronic anxiety occur and how can I get help?
On-going anxiety can occur for a number of different reasons. Clinically, the following conditions all have chronic anxiety as the main symptom:
- Panic disorders (PD link)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD link)
- Phobias (Phobia link)
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD link). These disorders are the result of a specific issue or event in the past
- Generalised anxiety disorder – a condition that is characterized by a non-specific, excessive, uncontrollable feeling of worry.
At Fresh Mind Therapy, our anxiety counsellors use highly effective techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Anxiety-focused CBT sessions can help you to:
- Identify the root causes and triggers of your anxiety such as stress, work, relationships, family issues or partnerships
- Examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours surrounding stress and anxiety and have on-going feedback from your therapist about your progress
- Understand the progression of your anxiety in relation to life events
- Learn long-term coping strategies to manage and prevent anxious episodes and maintain the progress that you have made
In some cases an evaluation for medication may be necessary and a referral will be made to an appropriate GP or psychiatrist to ensure that you are supported in the best possible manner.
How can I tell if I have chronic anxiety?
Take this test to find out if you are suffering from anxiety [Always seek medical attention first if you are concerned about your health]
Don’t let anxiety rule your life. Get in touch with us now and find calm.