Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues. Prolonged or intense feelings of anxiety can negatively impact our relationships and career. This can lead to panic attacks and depression. There are different therapies for anxiety, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling.

Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat. But it can become a mental health problem if it impacts your ability to live your life as fully as you want to.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder:

People who suffer with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) experience constant, unrelenting feelings of anxiety and stress which can produce side-effects such as sweating, tension and avoidant behaviour.

Panic attacks
A panic attack is a rapid feeling of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within a few short minutes.

It presents in a number of ways including:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea/stomach pain
  • Dizziness/light-headedness,
  • Derealisation (feelings of unreality)
  • Depersonalisation (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or fear of dying

Panic attacks are extremely unpleasant and can be very frightening. They can leave the sufferer paranoid about further panic attacks, resulting in changes to their lifestyle so as to avoid triggering situations.

Therapy for anxiety:

At The Eaves our therapists offer specialist therapies such as CBT for anxiety which can help you to learn the roots causes of your panic attacks, the warning signs and identifying triggers for it. It also provides you a safe place to learn new skills and coping mechanisms so you can respond differently to stressful situations, and ultimately take back control of your life.

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There are many different causes of anxiety and it is different for everyone. When you
are feeling anxious or scared, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline
and cortisol, these can cause physical symptoms like increased heart rate. For some
people, this may cause a panic attack.

Panic attacks can present differently with each individual. Some symptoms may be;
increased heart rate, sweating, feeling faint or dizzy, shortness of breath, shaking,
feeling nauseous.

There are many things you can do yourself to help your anxiety, for example; talk to
someone, call your GP, cut down on caffeine, increase your exercise intake, use
calming breathing exercises, make sure you are getting enough sleep.