Counselling for Anxiety & Panic Attacks in Reading, Berkshire
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is often caused by excessive stress and worry about some unpleasant or negative thing that could happen in the future. It is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, and it can be mild or severe. Everyone gets nervous or panicky when something bad happens or when facing an uncomfortable situation. These feelings are completely normal responses to stress (e.g. like attending an interview, starting a new job, or taking a driving test or exam).
The symptoms we experience when we feel anxiety or panic are the body’s fight or flight response kicking in. A survival mechanism once used to make sure you respond appropriately to threat of some sort.
Usually once the stress has passed, the feelings pass too, but sometimes your responses can be disproportionate to the situation, or simply don’t go away, or are triggered for no obvious reason. This type of anxiety is described as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), which is constant, excessive and exaggerated worry about everyday lifes such as money, health, work and family. When your daily life becomes constantly full of worry, fear and dread this can leave you feeling that your life is joyless. You become irritable, tired through lack of sleep, not being able to relax or switch off.
Anxiety can cause changes in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things. It can affect you physically and psychologically. These symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact e.g. seeing your family or friends, to avoid feelings of worry and dread. You may also find it difficult and stressful going to work and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of self-esteem and confidence.
If left untreated, anxiety may become so extreme that it restricts you living your life in the way you’d like to. Ongoing stress and anxiety can have negative impact on our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Anxiety can range from a fairly mild problem to full blown panic attacks. It has a wide range of symptoms that can impact on your social life, work and personal relationships. Symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person, but most often include some of the following:
Physical symptoms may include:
- Heart Palpitations
- Muscle weakness, aches and tension
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Drowsiness and tiredness
- Dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Stomach aches
- Pins and needles
- Tension Headaches
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
Psychological symptoms may include:
- A sense of dread
- Feeling constantly ‘on edge’
- Difficulty concentrating
- Being easily distracted
Anxiety can take many forms
People can be anxious about upcoming events, anxious about their performance, anxious about something they are about to do, or anxious about a particular situation or event. Having worked with a great number of clients, here are some of the most typical areas that anxiety plays a part:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How can Counselling help you manage your anxiety?
Counselling can help you understand and make sense of what is happening, gain control over the physical responses, and as you do so, increase your confidence in regaining control over yourself and your life. It can enable you to be calmer and more in control of your thoughts and feelings. By re-educating your subconscious mind, by learning calming techniques, and accessing your own inner resources for change, you will find that
Working together we would identify the root causes of your anxious responses to situations or people, rather than just working on treating your symptoms. Although sometimes it’s most beneficial to start by reducing the symptoms of anxiety, at other times it’s more important to explore what lies behind the anxiety before you can move on. The aim of therapy is to stop the old anxious or panic responses so that they no longer get triggered randomly or unnecessarily. We can work together to correct your anxious or panic responses so that you can be free to live your life as you would like to.
What’s the Next Step?
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