Anxiety

Anxiety can range from uneasiness of impending doom to a full blown panic attack. It is a natural evolutionary reaction we have when our life may be in danger. This reaction causes a hormonal response in our body called ‘the fight or flight response’ which in turn makes us more able to flee the situation and therefore survive. However, in our modern day world any challenges or situations in our life which may result in failure, loss or embarrassment for us can provoke the same response to different degrees from apprehension or mild anxiety to extreme panic and the need to leave.

In fact a little bit of anxiety or apprehension can boost our performance so it is only the excessive levels of anxiety which are debilitating. This is true in the case of clinical anxiety where the anxiety is excessive and disproportionate and so has a detrimental impact on a person’s lifestyle, limiting what they can and cannot do which often has a further effect on their self esteem. The anxiety may be only brought on within a specific situation which is known as ‘Situational Anxiety’ or in the case of ‘Anticipatory Anxiety’, just by thinking about the upcoming event. ‘Spontaneous Anxiety or Panic’ tends to come out of the blue.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

Shortness of breath

Heart palpitations

Shaking

Sweating

Nausea/loss of appetite/butterflies in the stomach

Feeling of choking

Dizziness may feel faint

Hot and cold flushes

Difficult to concentrate/ not in touch

Frequent urination

A sense of impending doom

Difficult to concentrate

Constant worry

Hyper alert

Exhausted

Irritable

Difficulty sleeping

Low libido

Depression

Difficulty dealing with certain situations

Problems acting calmly

Reduced ability to express themselves

box-eyesThe different types of anxiety seen at Mindbalance include;

I use a combination of various therapeutic methods depending on the specific type of anxiety in order to help you to overcome or manage anxiety more effectively.

As some medical conditions can present as anxiety it is important that for certain types of anxiety you initially seek advice from your GP