What is Anxiety?
Anxiety, or Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), is chronic and exaggerated worry that seems to happen for no reason and occurs more often than not for at least six months. It is also more than just normal day to day levels of anxiety. It often involves excessive worries about health, money, work, family and the future.
These fears can often shift in their focus, sometimes without any sense of resolution of the original fear. A person experiencing anxiety or GAD will often describe a sense of “always being worried about something,” and will typically identify this feeling as extremely upsetting and distinctly uncontrollable.
People who experience anxiety will often jump to the worst possible conclusion about situations where there may be multiple possible explanations (e.g. believing that an unreturned phone call means that something terrible has happened, as opposed to the other person just being busy).
Even in situations where a worry has been resolved by external events (e.g. anxiety about being made redundant but instead getting a promotion), the sense of relief is often short lived and is replaced by another new worry which may or may not be related to the first worry (e.g., “I may not be good enough to have gotten that promotion. Now that I have, I could make a huge mistake in work and the results would be terrible!”).
If you are suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, there is appropriate anxiety treatment available to help you. Through anxiety counselling and psychotherapy, you can explore the root causes of your anxiety, and learn to deal with, reduce, and eliminate it in your daily life.
Common Anxiety Symptoms
Here are some common symptoms of anxiety, which can be dealt with and eradicated through anxiety treatment counselling:
Feeling agitated or restless
Headaches and/or muscle tension
Difficulty falling asleep or sleep that isn’t restful
Difficulty controlling worrisome thoughts
When to Consider Anxiety Treatment
As with most things that involve feelings of upset which impact our ability to live our lives in the way that feels most healthy, the best approach is to seek out help sooner rather than later. No matter how long you’ve been experiencing anxiety, it is never too late to start taking your life back from chronic anxiety, through a form of anxiety treatment that best suits you. If any of the above anxiety symptoms sound familiar, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to set up an appointment with our specialised anxiety counselling service.
Our Anxiety Counselling Services
There are a number of anxiety treatment approaches which have been found to be effective in reducing and indeed eliminating anxiety, with each of our clinicians being skilled in the treatment of this common mental health difficulty. We have a range of mental health professionals working within our network who can deliver specialised anxiety counselling. Please read our team bios or get in touch to find out more about our anxiety counselling services and how we can help you.
Further Reading on Anxiety (GAD)
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- Is your teen socially anxious or just introverted?
- Ways to cope with back to school anxiety
- Anxiety Treatment Options
- 8 reasons to get help for your anxiety
- Types of anxiety disorder
- Tips to tackle anxiety