When Anxiety Becomes Debilitating

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It is very normal for people to become anxious when there are changes in life or when unusual events occur. Anxiety, at least in a healthy reaction, is part of the body’s way to prepare itself to fight, flee or freeze, all which can be effective in life-threatening situations.

Anxiety is both a physical and mental response to a change in the hormones released in the body when there is perceived threat. Sometimes anxiety can occur when there isn’t a physical threat, but it is due to something being unusual in the environment or being a threat to emotional, physical or mental well-being.

For example, if you have a big test it would be normal to feel some concern or fear, but knowing that you studied and that you know the material will help to overcome that fear. Additionally, that little bit of anxiety helps you to focus in on getting your studying done and being as prepared as possible. However, if the anxiety becomes so significant that you cannot think, cannot sleep, or cannot actually concentrate on the study material it becomes detrimental and debilitating.

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Some people experience anxiety on this debilitating level for many different events or perceived challenges in life. Often there is no one specific issue causes the mild to significant worry and fear, which means it is impossible to simply address the issue causing the anxiety.

Help is Available

When people have anxiety that is negatively impacting their life, a London psychotherapist is able to provide treatment to identify the trigger, alleviate the anxiety, and develop effective coping strategies to help in controlling anxiety in the future.

Often people fail to recognise the early signs of anxiety, or they may assume that the feeling of unease, apprehension or dread will simply pass. When these feelings interfere with your ability to enjoy life, to try new things or to feel “good” about life in general, seeing a therapist is critical to your emotional and mental well-being.

Some of the most common signs of general anxiety, which may be linked to a specific trigger or may not be easily understood, include:

  • Constantly feelings of being tense, uptight and unable to relax
  • Digestive problems including stomach aches, nausea and discomfort
  • Headaches, migraines, neck and back pains
  • Jaw pain if you are constantly clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth while awake or asleep
  • Difficulty with breathing
  • Racing heart rate and pulse
  • Flushing and sweating excessively
  • Extreme and irrational fear of places, events or people

You may experience these feelings throughout the day and night, or they may seem to come and go. With constant stress and anxiety you can also have other health issues, so addressing the anxiety is essential.

How a London Psychotherapist Helps

By providing a safe place to look at the triggers of the anxiety, and to discover how past trauma, conflict, violence or stress may be impacting your life today, a London psychotherapist can help you to overcome anxiety.

Different treatments from hypnotherapy to talk therapies can be used to address anxiety. However, the long-term goal of therapy will also be to develop effective coping mechanisms and skills to allow the individual to manage anxiety throughout life.

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