Anxiety & Worry
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about about a friend or family member or job interview or sitting an exam.
During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Severe anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including: panic disorder, OCD, phobias, such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia) or general anxiety disorder (anxious over a number of things). It is really important you see a GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress.
Am I anxious?
The difference between anxiety and stress is that stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress.
They can have very similar physical and psychological symptoms so its worth visiting our Stress Management page to see if you recognise the symptoms there.
Ultimately, anxiety feels different for everyone. You might experience some of the things listed under Stress, and you might also have other experiences or difficulties that aren't listed there.
The important thing is you are already one step closer to helping yourself just by recognising you might be struggling.
How can we help?
Finding ways to help you relax is so important and even if you don't come to us for help then have a search of the internet to find something that suits you. It could be listening to soothing music, an online meditation or breathing exercises, there are so many options out there, so go on find just one thing that helps.
If that doesn't help enough then we are here for you and together we can investigate why you are feeling this way and find practical solutions to help you cope with the effects of this anxiety using a combination of techniques. With the ultimate goal of you being a more confident and relaxed you.