Anxiety and Panic Attacks – the Struggles, and Symptoms

Anxiety is a feeling that I guess we’ve all experienced from time to time. Feeling tense before attending that job interview, or nervous if we’ve had to speak in public, or anxious when sitting an exam. But, more often than not, once the event is over, the anxiety disappears.
As well as anxiety, you may have have experienced panic attacks, which can be very frightening.

Short-term anxiety is even helpful sometimes. It can help you feel more alert in an exam situation or it can enhance your performance when you’re speaking publicly.

If you are struggling with exam nerves, public speaking or performance nerves, then why not consider Hypnotherapy? It has been proven to help in these situations. If you would like to learn more then please contact me for an informal chat.

However, if you experience anxiety most of the time, and it affects your life, you could be suffering from severe anxiety.

If you experience severe anxiety, some of the struggles you may face are that:
• you have a constant stream of worries running through your head
• you feel like your anxiety is uncontrollable – you can’t stop it from growing
• you have specific anxiety triggers which cause you to have upsetting thoughts that you normally try to avoid
• you can’t cope with uncertainty – you need to have fixed plans for the future
• you don’t enjoy quiet time or being by yourself
• you can’t relax
• you put things off that overwhelm you
• you avoid situations which can trigger your anxiety
The symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks
Physical symptoms can include any or all of the following:
• Feeling tense with muscle tightness
• General aches or pains
• Having problems falling asleep or staying asleep because of noisy head chatter
• Feeling jumpy, restless or on edge
• Upset/knotted stomach
• Nausea
• Diarrhoea

Panic attacks occur when your body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement is exaggerated – this rapid build-up of overwhelming feelings can leave you experiencing:
• Irregular heart beats – either missing beats or going faster
• Breathlessness
• Perspiration
• Dizziness
• Shaking
• Tingling in your hands and feet
• Nausea
• Feelings of losing control

Panic attacks can:
• occur quickly – symptoms usually peak within 10 minutes
• last for between 5 to 20 minutes
• can come quickly one after another, so the attack can last for an hour at a time
• come without warning striking at random
• be experienced once or never again
• occur regularly
• happen during the night when your brain is unable to switch off – on high alert
How can counselling help with anxiety?
• Working together to find the cause of the anxiety
• Providing tools and techniques to help reduce the symptoms
• Supporting you to improve your confidence and reduce your anxiety
It is always a good idea to see your GP to ensure there are no underlying health issues.