What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural reaction we feel, when worried, stressed or perceive to be under threat. Anxiety can be triggered by our thoughts, feelings or physical sensations.
Anxiety can be useful, as human beings we need to protect ourselves from real life danger; feeling anxious can make us more alert and react faster during these situations.
Fight, Flight or Freeze
The three responses to anxiety are Fight, Flight or Freeze… Everyone who experiences anxiety will respond in one of these ways. All humans have evolved in a way to protect themselves, our body reacts to danger by releasing hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol; this will help you to
prepare to deal with the situation, such as fighting or running away.
How does Anxiety Feel for you?
For everyone that experiences anxiety throughout their life, each individual will feel differently.
washing machine stomach
feeling light-headed or dizzy
pins and needles
feeling restless or unable to sit still
headaches, backache or other aches and pains
change in breathing
sweating or hot flushes
change in sleeping pattern
grinding your teeth
needing the toilet more or less often
changes in your sex drive
having panic attacks.
Effects on the Mind!
feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax
fearing the worst, dramatizing situations
feeling like the world is speeding up/slowing down
feelings of worry
looking for constant reassurance
worrying you’re losing touch of reality
Dissociation- such as derealisation or depersonalisation
Worries about the future
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Social Anxiety Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD
Perinatal Anxiety or Perinatal OCD
Ways to deal with Anxiety
Talking- to someone you trust
Try to manage your worries
Treat your physical health
Keep/Record a diary
Self- help resources
Engage in your hobbies
Anxiety Care UK anxietycare.org.uk Helps people to recover from anxiety disorders.
Anxiety UK 03444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm) anxietyuk.org.uk
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 01455 88 33 00 bacp.co.uk
See the BACP’s sister website, itsgoodtotalk.org.uk, to find a therapist near you.
Fearfighter fearfighter.com A computer-based CBT (CCBT) programme for treating panic and phobias.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) nhs.uk/Service-Search.
Use the NHS service search to find psychological therapies services near you.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) nice.org.uk
Samaritans 116 123 (24 hours a day)
No Panic helpline: 08449 67 48 48 (10am–10pm) nopanic.org.uk