About Anxiety


What is Anxiety?

It is normal to worry about things from time to time, however generalised and persistent anxiety is essentially a chronic condition. This means it is always there either in the background or foreground. When we feel anxious it is often because of a prolonged emotional stress response, which we have ignored. Anxiety tends to be persistent, based on expectations of our performance and how much control we believe we have in the circumstances. We begin to worry excessively about events or activities and what may or may not happen and typically how we might be judged by others.

We know that the subconscious does not know the difference between imagined and real, therefore persistent worrying in a ‘what if’ frame of mind activates the fight or flight response in exactly the same way as if you were actually experiencing it in reality.

If you are suffering from anxiety you may experience a number of different symptoms. It is very important to consult your GP for guidance. Do not self-diagnose.

Symptoms of anxiety might include any of the following:

Churning stomach
Digestive problems
Diarrhoea or Constipation
Frequent need to urinate
Nausea and/or vomiting
Tightening of the throat
Choking sensation
Fluctuations in Body Temperature

Excessive perspiration
Pounding heart
Raised Blood Pressure
Breathing difficulties
Muscle Tension or chest/neck pain
Aching jaw

Pins and needles
Sensitivity to light/sound
Sleeping difficulties
Extreme exhaustion
Lack of concentration
Short term memory loss
Unexplained rashes
Loss of feelings and/or libido


Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK, with one in five people reporting that they feel anxious all, or most, of the time.
The Mental Health Foundation reports that in England women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men.


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