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What is Anxiety?

Will explain here what is anxiety, the different types of anxiety. Also how it affects emotionally and physically

Anxiety is a normal reaction in the body, mind and emotions to things in life that are stressful such as going for a driving test, sitting an exam or public speaking. This often includes feeling fear, nervousness, dread. It is classed as an anxiety disorder when it impedes on normal life.


Anxiety can also known as

Agoraphobia, Angst, anxiety disorder, Apprehension, Cold Sweat, Concern, Distress, Dread, Foreboding, Fretfulness, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Misgiving, Mistrust, Nail-biting, Needles, Nervousness, obsessive compulsive disorder, Panic, Panic Attack, panic disorder, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Restlessness, Social Anxiety Disorder, Stress, Uncertainty, Unease, Uneasiness, Worry


What is anxiety

Emotional Anxiety symptoms can include:

Worry about the future

Inside your head there could be a Tsunami of anxiety and fears. For some, it takes its grip in the early hours, when you toss and turn, ruminating over everything and anything and nothing.


Racing / Ruminating thoughts

This means you are thinking deeply about things. You’re likely to be so lost in thoughts and you stare off into space. Another meaning of ruminate is to “chew the cud,” which can mean “to turn it over and over in your mind.”



Nightmares are long, complex dreams with pictures that makes you feel fearful, anxious or sad. The person with the nightmare may wake up to try and avoid the perceived danger. Most of us have isolated nightmares from time to time but when they recur and bring on extreme terror and anxiety, they can become a debilitating sleep disorder.


Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness

You can have overwhelming feelings of anxiety, panic attacks can also cause a variety of other symptoms, including: the feeling that your heart is beating irregularly (palpitations) or really fast sweating. Trembling


Unmanageable, obsessive thoughts

Thoughts that are stuck in your brain, just like an awful pop tune from the eighties that just keeps replaying in your mind and won’t go away?


Flashbacks of a traumatic experience

Flashbacks are involuntary memories which are sudden and very powerful. They usually re-experience the past or elements of the past.


Difficulties staying still and calm

It’s the feeling of being unable to sit still, or feeling as though you’re on edge and something is about to or needs to happen.


Ritualistic behaviours, for example washing your hands


Insomnia – problems sleeping

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:

Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet

Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

Tension in your muscles

Heart racing – Palpitations

Your mouth is dry

Feeling sick, nausea

Dizzy Spells

Shortness of breath

Migraines or Headaches

High blood pressure or hypertension


In the longer term:

You could develop chronic health conditions such as constant colds and flu, Irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems

Some people cope with those feelings and thoughts by smoking, drinking alcohol, eating too much or misusing drugs. You may hold on to relationships that either encourage your anxious view on life or help you avoid situations that you find distressing. This will stop you dealing with what’s worrying you.

Types of anxiety include:

Generalised anxiety

Social phobia

Specific Phobias

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Anxiety counselling

I will help you to explore the possible causes and triggers of your anxiety – for example how well you eat and sleep, your relationships, your thoughts– and work with you to develop effective coping strategies.

Useful things about anxiety from the Reach Approach:

Happiness Changes your Brain

Self care is the key



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