Anxiety Treatment in Barrow-in-Furness
Feeling anxious persistently is unhealthy and exhausting.
You may find yourself desperately trying to get away from the feelings, for instance avoiding social situations to escape social anxiety, or thinking constantly in circles trying to figure out how to stop these uncomfortable sensations.
Your unconscious mind is just trying to keep you safe but sometimes it can get stuck in a pattern of unhealthy responses – I can help you explore the roots of your anxiety and, rather than resisting what the body is trying to communicate, we can listen to what it needs and address the underlying reasons for it.
As that starts to happen you will quickly find that long lost sense of control and calm flowing back.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is quite a normal and healthy response to a range of situations such as sitting a test or starting a new job – they are the body’s natural response to an unfamiliar situation. Anxiety keeps us alert in situations of perceived danger and helps us stay safe – it is the “fight, flight or freeze” response that was designed to get us out of immediate danger in caveman times. However, our bodies are not designed to remain in this heightened state for long periods and it can be harmful if not resolved.
If you experience these feelings more constantly and it effects your daily life, then you could have Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The symptoms of anxiety can be mental and physical and are characterised by feelings of worry, being unable to settle or concentrate on things, disturbed sleep, heart palpitations and breathlessness.
How to treat anxiety
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms and they have persisted for weeks or months you may want to see your GP for a diagnosis. Anxiety is one of the most common things that people attend their GP for so try not to feel embarrassed or ashamed.
The NHS may test for anxiety by asking you to fill in a questionnaire to determine if you are depressed or anxious, or a mix of both. As with depression they may offer you tablets to help manage some of your symptoms but there are also some self-help techniques that can be really useful – including lifestyle changes such as reducing your caffeine intake and stopping smoking.
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