Many people will experience bouts of stress and/or anxiety at some point in their lives but knowing when it’s gone too far is key to overcoming your anxiety and getting back on track.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic causing widespread stress and anxiety for many people, simply brushing off anxiety as a passing feeling is not always enough to make it go away in the long run.
When left untreated, anxiety (which also includes worry, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety related problems) can affect your overall quality of life and day to day functioning.
With this in mind, our anxiety counsellors in Newcastle have created a short guide to help you understand the condition.
What are the Symptoms?
Anxiety can present itself in many different forms, both physically and psychologically.
Physical symptoms of anxiety and stress can include feeling tense, choking sensations or feeling like you can’t breathe, shaking, nausea, heart palpitations and panic attacks. Similarly, psychological symptoms include an overwhelming feeling of danger, threat or obsessive worry.
Feelings of detachment and a sense of dread are often common in anxiety and can occur at any time and get in the way of enjoying life. Some people experience just physical symptoms, while some experience just the psychological symptoms. Others have a combination of the two.
Why Do I Feel Anxious?
Anxiety is the body and mind’s way of alerting us to possible danger. This might be genuine danger (such as making us move out of the way of a car coming towards us), or imagined threat (such as worrying whether something bad will happen at work).
While anxiety is helpful in certain situations, over time it can wear down the body’s immune system and cause other physical problems. It has been shown that constant anxiety is linked with problems such as heart disease, increased physical pain, and digestive problems.
Consequently, those experiencing stress or anxiety should make an appointment with a qualified professional, such as one of our counsellors in Newcastle.
How our Counsellors in Newcastle can Help
Our team of counsellors in Newcastle have helped many people, both adults and younger people, overcome their anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours over the years. We also specialise in getting to the root of the problem and providing effective coping strategies.
Through a range of different talking therapies, we work with you to understand the problem and identify the best approach to help reduce negative thoughts, overcoming feelings of fear and manage the physical symptoms leading to a happier life.
Our team of therapists and adult counsellors can help you overcome difficulties with stress and/or anxiety (and it’s various forms.
How to Seek Help
There is never a bad time to seek help with anxiety, and the earlier you do the more likely you are to overcome it before it starts to affect your life further.
If you or others notice that you or a loved one are struggling with daily life, avoiding situations, or finding yourself worrying more than usual, then it may be time to reach out.
For more information call our counsellors in Newcastle on 07966 645 198.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling