What is Anxiety?

Overview of Anxiety

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
What are anxiety disorders?
It’s normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job, or taking a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life.
In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes debilitating.
This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age. Research shows that women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Types of anxiety
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Individuals suffering from generalised anxiety disorder often anticipate tragedy and worry extremely about family, money and health.
Generalised anxiety disorder interferes with daily life and is usually diagnosed when an individual spends at least six months worrying excessively about normal everyday problems. Other minor issues such as chores or appointments can also cause anxiety and for some, just getting through the day can be extremely stressful.
Panic disorder
Another type of anxiety disorder is panic disorder which is characterised by terror, which strikes suddenly without warning. Panic attacks are a common symptom of panic disorder, but not everyone who has a panic attack will develop panic disorder. Panic disorder is much more common than is generally recognised and affects a large proportion of the population.
Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. According to some research, social anxiety (also known as social phobia) is the third most common psychiatric disorder after depression and alcoholism. Fear of being around other people, having to interact with them and being judged negatively by them are the common signs of social anxiety. Agoraphobia (the fear of open spaces, crowds, public places and/or travelling alone) is another severe form of anxiety.
Anxiety symptoms
As there are different types of anxiety, there are a number of different symptoms, however the most common include:
dizziness and light headedness
reduced attention span
breathlessness
restlessness
irritability
difficulty in concentrating
loss of sexual interest
headaches
loss of appetite
muscle tension
difficulty breathing
a tight feeling in the chest
sweating
difficulty sleeping
poor performance
diarrhoea
palpitations.
Treatment for anxiety
Anxiety can often be treated by a combination of approaches. Medication, cognitive behavioural therapy CBT, and behavioural therapy are all common treatments for anxiety disorders.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy can also be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, it aims to seek out the root cause of the anxiety and change an individuals perception of a past event or release emotion from it.
If you think you may have anxiety and need some help, please feel free to call me or drop me an email to see how I may be able to help you
Tel: 07773 687278 or email me: contact@deborahwilliamson.co.uk