Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions, and each with unique symptoms. However, all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening. People can experience one or more of the following symptoms:
|•||Feelings of apprehension or dread|
|•||Feeling tense and jumpy|
|•||Restlessness or irritability|
|•||Anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger|
|•||Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath|
|•||Sweating, tremors and twitches|
|•||Headaches, fatigue and insomnia|
|•||Upset, stomach, frequent urination or diarrhoea|
A bit more info
The information here is about a specific condition called generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). It affects about 5% of the UK population - that's 3 and a quarter million people. Slightly more women are affected than men. The condition is more common in people from the ages of 35 to 59.
GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.
GAD can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms.
What can be done to treat anxiety
An anxiety disorder can have a significant effect on your daily life, but several different treatments are available that can ease your symptoms. These include:
psychological therapy – such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
medication – such as a type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
There are also many things you can do yourself to help reduce your anxiety, such as:
|•||going on a self-help course|
|•||cutting down on the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink|
With treatment, many people are able to control their anxiety levels. Being more aware of it is definitely a step in the right direction.
We're here to help too
It's hard to resolve emotional or psychological problems on your own so we provide access to a wide range of courses that can give you a better understanding of yourself. More importantly, you will be 'arming' yourself with the tools required to get back to being the 'real' you.
We can provide several services to help you manage an anxiety disorder such as self-help courses. Courses are free and are held in various locations across Bristol. There are also courses on Anger Management, Panic, Low Mood, Worry, Stress, Sleep Management, Assertiveness and Emotional Management to name just a few.
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