Anxiety is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of unpleasant psychological and physical symptoms brought about by a sense of apprehension at a perceived threat.
Anxiety disorders are becoming increasingly common. It is estimated that one in twenty people will suffer from an anxiety disorder in their life. It is little wonder that anxiety is one of the most ‘searched’ medical words online. There are an enormous amount of pressures and life situations that can bring worry and anxiety.
If you experience anxiety, constant worrying, panic attacks or phobias, you might have an anxiety disorder. The good news is that treating anxiety disorders by engaging in anxiety therapy can help you learn how to control your anxiety levels and live a more positive life. Research shows that therapy for anxiety can be a highly successful way to overcome an anxiety disorder. The UK Therapy Guide helps you to search for qualified anxiety therapists in your area. The guide also offers you the option of online therapy for anxiety.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Anxiety manifests itself in different ways. Certain situations may make you feel edgy, tense or nervous. This triggers the body into producing adrenaline, compounding these feelings further and often causing symptoms such as palpitations. The resulting sensation may be difficult to control; you can feel a tight restriction on the chest, sometimes creating an inability to breathe properly. The feeling of being ‘overwhelmed’ may lead to a panic attack as the two are closely linked. Anxiety can also cause thoughts to race through the head, such as, “What if?” questions, where the mind explores the worse possible outcomes to a situation. This is known as Catastrophizing.
Anxiety can lead to feelings of worry, nervousness and unease which may surge through the mind and body regardless of how irrational they may be. These thoughts can become obsessive, unrelenting and incapacitating. They can occur in the day or night, making it hard to go about your normal routine or to rest. In extreme cases, anxiety can become physically debilitating.
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