About Anxiety

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain or fearful at times. Everyday situation such as speaking in public, sitting an exam, going into hospital, attending an interview or starting a new job are all known to create anxiety.

Short-term anxiety can be useful. However, if feelings of anxiety become overwhelming and interfere in your day to day life in a way that is uncomfortable for you then it is helpful to develop coping skills to deal with anxiety.

Why Are Some People More Anxious Than Others?

Feeling anxious can be a learned response - something that you learned early on in life. Research suggests that some people inherit a tendency to be anxious. We all become anxious at times, but some individuals are more vulnerable than others because of a mixture of personality, current circumstances and childhood experience.

What Are The Signs of Anxiety?

Anxiety will affect both the body (physical effects) and the mind (psychological effects).

Physical effects of anxiety

  • increased muscular tension
  • shallow breathing
  • headaches
  • light-headedness
  • trembling/shaking
  • pins and needles
  • digestive changes/nausea, indigestion
  • “butterfly feelings in the stomach”

Psychological effects of anxiety

  • fear
  • heightened alertness
  • feeling on edge
  • irritability
  • inability to relax or concentrate
  • need for reassurance
  • weepiness/clinging
  • “panicky” thinking

Are There Different Types of Anxiety?

Anxiety can take many forms. The most common types of anxiety are

  • panic attacks
  • shyness/social anxiety
  • health anxiety
  • relationship anxiety
  • phobias

  How Signature Can Help

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a best practice approach for the treatment of anxiety. CBT is a short-term “talking” therapy. Talking treatments can help you to understand and deal with the causes of your anxiety and to develop strategies which will enable you to cope more effectively.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy aims to change the patterns of thinking or behaviour which underpin people’s anxieties. Anxious clients learn how to identify thinking processes which may be contributing to anxious states… and then learn how to change them so that they feel more relaxed and in control of their world.

How Long Will It Take Before I Feel Better?

Anxiety states differ and it is important to understand fully the ways in which anxiety is affecting your day to day life. Time frames for therapy will vary. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will improve mood for most emotional problems within 6-12 sessions .

Contact Us today if anxiety is a problem in your day to day life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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