There’s been a lot about anxiety in the press recently, and it’s great that people are talking about it because it helps people who are suffering from anxiety to open it about and seek help. However there is also some confusion about what anxiety is and isn’t, so I thought I’d post some information about anxiety that I hope you find useful!
What anxiety is:

• A feeling of unease, worry or dread about something that may or may not be a real threat.
• More than just a mental feeling. Things like shortness of breath, a sick feeling in the stomach and shaking are common physical symptoms of anxiety.
• Perfectly natural. Anxiety is our subconscious mind’s way of keeping us safe. However, when the feeling of unease or worry is constant, or the feeling is stronger than it should be for the situation, then it becomes a disorder.
• Different for everyone, anxiety is a feeling and as such it affects each of us in different ways.
• A serious issue. Not only can anxiety stop people from doing things they need or want to do, it can seriously affect their social life and in severe cases lead to depression.

What anxiety isn’t:

• Something to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Around 14% of adults in the UK suffer from anxiety disorder, but people with anxiety tend to cover up it up so outwardly you would never know.
• Rational. Consciously people that suffer anxiety know that their fears are unrealistic or unfounded, but subconsciously the fear and worries persist.
• All in the mind. Many people, including GPs, who don’t understand anxiety will say things like it’s all in the mind. In fact, anxiety IS created by the subconscious mind, but it’s a very real and horrible experience.
• Something people have to live with. There are a variety of therapies, including hypnotherapy, that can help people overcome anxiety permanently.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below, send me a message or call me on 07454 281218.

Have a great week!
Mark

What anxiety is…and isn’t

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