Anxiety

Are you Anxious or Stressed?

What is anxiety?

Anxiety and fear, are actually important for survival. The “Fight or flight” is a natural instinct the evolved to protect the body against stress or danger.

For some people, anxiety becomes so overwhelming that it takes over their lives, they have a constant sense that something terrible is going to happen. Problems of this kind are known as panic or anxiety disorders.

There are two ways in which Anxiety or Panic disorders are treated: medication and psychotherapy. Your GP can prescribe a mild anti-depressant to alleviate the worst symptoms, whilst psychotherapy will help you understand and manage your state of anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety

Do you feel on edge most of the time? Does anxiety affect yor performance at work or make it difficult for you to socialise? Have you recently experienced:
Inability to Relax – you feel constantly nervous, under threat, heightened alertness, being on edge, irritable, and unable to concentrate.;
Fragility – you may feel an overwhelming desire to seek the reassurance of others, to be weepy and dependent. ;
Physical Symptoms – dry mouth, sweating, jumpy, upset stomach, an urgent need to visit the toilet, and butterfly feelings in the stomach.;
Compulsive Behaviours – under the strain of anxiety, people may start smoking or drinking too much, or misusing drugs, some people develop nervous tics, or repetitive behaviours;
Panic attacks – a sudden rush of overwhelming sensations, such as a pounding heart, faintness, sweating, nausea, chest pains, feeling like your falling apart or even that you’re about to die;

Psychotherapy helps with anxiety

If you’re experiencing anxiety or panic attacks counselling and psychotherapy can help you feel calmer, gain a more balanced perspective and develop inner strength to cope with stress. Make an appointment to see me in my central London consulting room

Psychodyanmic psychotherapy understands anxiety disorder as a response to deep and unresolved conflicts in the persons life. In counselling we’ll work together to understand the root cause of your anxiety and bring the unresolved feelings and fears to the surface in the context of the safe professional counselling relationship.

If you feel counselling could help you contact me to make an appointment to discuss your needs.

Further reading about anxiety

  • Anxiety UKis an online information and support service for sufferers of anxiety and phobias.
  • First Steps to Freedom is a service offering infomration and telephone helpline.

News about Anxiety

Health chiefs urged to reverse mental health cuts

HEALTH chiefs in Bolton are being urged to reverse spending cuts on mental health services. Data obtained by the Labour party indicates that Bolton’s Clinical Commissioning group and others across Greater Manchester are cutting the amount they spend on mental health, despite government promises to increase funding. Now Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner, patron of the […]

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Just released: 75 Year Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

Harvard has published an impressive 75 year longitudinal study: In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, […]

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Mental Illness Across Cultures: An Interview with Gayathri Ramprasad

PsycheCentral has an interview with Gayathri Ramprasad the author of a memoir about living with depression in India. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/03/26/mental-illness-across-cultures-an-interview-with-gayathri-ramprasad/ As much stigma as there is in American homes regarding mental illness, it’s much worse in other countries. Gayathri Ramprasad grew up in Bangalore, India, where traditional Hindu culture has no concept of depression. There was […]

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Hungry for ‘likes’: Anxiety over Facebook photos linked to eating disorders

Hungry for ‘likes’: Anxiety over Facebook photos linked to eating disorders There is a positive correlation between an increased use of social media and decreased body image in young women, reveals a study. Facebook has become a global phenomenon and an active space for social comparison. “Facebook merges powerful peer influences with broader societal messages […]

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12 Films That Feature Mental Illness

The Doctor Deb blog has an Oscar appropriate post on 12 Films That Feature Mental Illness In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn’t. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year’s best […]

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