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
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
Difficult to concentrate
Problems acting calmly
Reduced ability to express themselves
- Situational anxiety (for example fear of exams, public speaking etc) ,
- Phobias (for example dental phobia, social phobia, agoraphobia, flying phobia or animal phobia etc)
- Panic attacks (and panic disorder)
- Generalised (GAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
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