Anxiety is a common treatable condition. We can all feel anxious at some point in our lives. It is normal to feel anxious when faced with something dangerous or difficult, e.g. taking an exam or a job interview. Mild anxiety can be helpful in stressful situations, because it increases alertness.
When anxiety becomes excessive and you dread everyday situations, it has become a problem that can impact severely on your day to day life.
Severe anxiety can cause physical symptoms which include fast heartbeat, nausea, difficulty in breathing and muscle tension.
Anxiety disorders include a range of conditions which can seriously impact on a person’s ability to live their life. However, with treatment, help and support, people are able to recover and carry on with their lives.
These are just some of the signs someone may have an anxiety problem:
Feeling anxious, nervous, worried, tense, stressed, uptight and on edge.
Constant worrying, racing thoughts, can’t concentrate.
Pounding heart, tight chest, stomach churning ‘butterflies’, tense muscles, feeling jumpy, sweating, dizzy.
Pacing up and down, talking quickly, always on the go, snappy and irritable, can’t sit and relax.
If these signs have been persistent and are impacting on your day to day life then you may need to seek help.
Find out more:
Anxiety UK offer information, advice and support for people dealing with anxiety.
NHS Choices factsheet about anxiety
Social Anxiety website providing information and a forum
Self Help Services provide CBT therapy in person, online or on the phone. Call 0161 226 3871
If you are worried about yourself, or someone close to you, it is worth discussing your concerns with your GP. For services in Manchester click here.