Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Are you suffering from anxiety or panic attacks to the extent that your life is completely dominated and overwhelmed by your feelings? Is your anxiety affecting your relationships, impairing your ability to maintain your life-style and, perhaps, affecting your ability to function effectively in your work role?
Persistent anxiety causes real emotional distress and can lead to people becoming unwell and, at worst, developing anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias and obsessional behaviours.
Anxiety at this level can have a truly distressing and debilitating impact on people’s lives and impact on their physical, as well as their mental health.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK and it is increasing.
Research in the UK has shown that one in five people feel anxious all of the time or a lot of the time.
Many people also experience physical symptoms attached to their anxiety, including heart palpitations, sweating, tensions and pain, heavy and rapid breathing, dizziness, fainting, indigestion, stomach aches, sickness and diarrhoea. In acute cases, people have described how it felt as though they were dying.
Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms, like chronic digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a condition characterised by stomach aches, cramping, bloating, wind, constipation, and/or diarrhoea.
IBS isn’t always related to anxiety, but the two often occur together and can make each other worse. The gut is very sensitive to psychological stress—and, vice versa, the physical and social discomfort of chronic digestive problems can make a person feel more anxious.
People with social anxiety tend to worry for days or weeks leading up to a particular event or situation.
Social anxiety disorder doesn’t always involve speaking to a crowd or being the centre of attention. In most cases, the anxiety is provoked by everyday situations such as making one-on-one conversation at a party, or eating and drinking in front of even a small number of people.
In these situations, people with social anxiety disorder tend to feel like all eyes are on them, and they often experience blushing, trembling, nausea, profuse sweating, or difficulty talking. These symptoms can be so disruptive that they make it hard to meet new people, maintain relationships, and advance at work or in school.
Panic attacks can be terrifying. People describe experiencing a gripping feeling of fear and helplessness that can last for several minutes, accompanied by scary physical symptoms such as breathing problems, a pounding or racing heart, tingling or numb hands, sweating, weakness or dizziness, chest pain, stomach pain, and feeling hot or cold.
Not everyone who has a panic attack has an anxiety disorder, but people who experience them repeatedly may be diagnosed with panic disorder. People with panic disorder live in fear about when, where, and why their next attack might happen, and they tend to avoid places where attacks have occurred in the past.
Anyone who is suffering from chronic anxiety symptoms or panic attacks needs to seek professional help from a qualified and experienced professional.
Your GP may prescribe medication and may also refer you to a qualified counsellor for therapy.
However, you may not wish to take medication and you may experience long delays in arranging an appointment via the NHS, so, please consider accessing help privately, so that you can receive immediate help.
I have 12 years of experience as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and I have successfully helped many people to overcome their anxiety and panic attacks.
In addition, I am a qualified and experienced clinical hypnotherapist. Clinical hypnotherapy is also a therapy that successfully treats anxiety and panic attacks.
I can help you – and I will help you – to overcome your anxiety and panic attacks and to lead a full and happier life.
Please don’t suffer any longer. Call me now for a chat on the phone and to book your initial counselling session.
You can send a contact form via my Contact Page or call me on 07913 979561 or 01422 321412 to get the help that you need.