Anxiety Do You Have It?

Every one has experienced being anxious at some time or other, so we know what anxiety feels like – YOUR not Alone.

YOUR heart pounds before a Driving Test, that important presentation or an exam at school or Uni. YOU can get butterflies in your stomach during a trip to the dentist or hospital. We can and do worry and fret over family problems or feel uneasy in these times at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise.

However, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life ‘Normally” that’s the way you’d like to, you may be suffering from an anxiety or even an anxiety disorder.

The good news is, there are many anxiety treatments and self-help strategies that can help you reduce your anxiety symptoms and take back control of your life. HypnoFix can help you there too. Ring 01384 621857

Understanding anxiety disorders
Firstly it’s normal to worry and feel tense or scared when under pressure or facing a stressful situation. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when we feel threatened. The ‘Flight or Fight Systems’ kick in (watch the videos). That’s OK if your facing Godzilla with a spear but not a presentation to your colleagues an appraisal or assessment.

Although it may be unpleasant, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help us stay alert and focused, spur us to action, actually perform well in that presentation, and motivate us to solve problems. But when anxiety that is constant or totally overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from  what generally is acceptable or ‘Normal” anxiety into the territory of  anxiety out of control or even worse anxiety disorders.

Lets try to understand Anxiety Your Anxiety!

Do you have an anxiety disorder?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away no matter how you try or what you do, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Don’t self diagnose see your GP

  • Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge?
  • Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
  • Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, the house might burn down when I’m asleep every night? , but can’t shake it?
  • Do you believe that something bad will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way? if I step on the cracks in the pavement a car will leave the road and hurt me?
  • Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they make you anxious? crowds, people in shops. Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic? Whats the environment?
  • Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

These symptoms can be very distressing and cause you to lose time from school, Uni or Work. Time away from your loved ones because life’s got all too much with these feelings washing over you. Is this YOU?
Because the anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party with unknown and known guests.

Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving, for fear they loose control and hurts someone else, uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts, about hurting themselves or even others. Still another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything, my hair looks a mess so I’m not going shopping today!

But despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one major symptom:

They are persistent and /or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened or even bothered.

Emotional symptoms of anxiety

In addition to the primary symptoms of the irrationality and excessive fears and worries, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Watching for signs of danger
  • Feeling like your mind’s gone blank
  • Physical symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness, heart attack its best to get checked out on the first attack just in case. They may visit many doctors over time  and make numerous trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is finally diagnosed or discovered.

Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Stomach upset or dizziness
  • Frequent urination or diarrhoea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

The link between anxiety and depression

It is also found that many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression at some point. Anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability, which may explain why they so often go hand in hand. Since depression makes anxiety worse (and vice versa), it’s important to seek treatment from your GP or Physician for both conditions before coming to see me. Tell him that your symptoms have been seen here and they describe how you feel if that’s the way it is and it will make communication with your doctor easier for you.

Anxiety attacks and their symptoms. Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are episodes of intense panic or fear. Anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly out of the blue and without warning. Many times there is an obvious trigger may be claustrophobia on a hot day in a lift (elevator) or cable car, for example, or thinking about a wedding speech you’re giving in a few day time, the attacks come out of the blue and some time with no apparent immediate reason.

Anxiety attacks usually peak within ten minutes or so, and they rarely last more than a half hour.

But during that short time, the terror can be so severe that you feel as if you’re about to die or totally lose control of yourself may be even faint. The physical symptoms are themselves are so frightening that many people believe they’re having a heart attack. It may result in a visit to A&E the first time or for a particularly bad attack. After an anxiety attack is over, you may be worried about having another one, this in itself can be the self for filling prophecy you don’t want.You may be in particularly in a public place where help isn’t available or you can’t easily escape to what you believe is a safer place. You need help if this is you!

Symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • Surge of overwhelming panic
  • Feeling of losing control
  • Going Mad or Crazy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out
  • Trouble breathing
  • Choking sensation
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hot Flushes, Flashes or chills
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Nausea or stomach cramps
  • Feeling detached or unreal

This page is not here to deliberately to distress you and I’m sorry if it has, but the need to be able to express your feelings, is sometimes helpful, whether to me or your GP. If this page says how it is or you, or you  have additional symptoms that’s what you need to communicate. Print this page and take it with you if the doctors if it helps especially if a visit to the doctors office brings out the worst of your Anxiety.

Your GP is there to help just like me. Good Luck and call If I can be of assistance. 01384621857