Generalised Anxiety Disorder
If you suffer with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, you may have intense feelings that you are always ‘on edge’, irritable, stressed out, worried or anxious. You might worry excessively about what might happen, and have difficulty concentrating. The physical symptoms can include: a racing heart or heart palpitations; trembling or shakiness; excessive perspiration; dizziness; insomnia; tiredness; tense muscles; headaches; lack of concentration; changes in appetite; dry mouth; a knot in the stomach; and nausea. You may not be aware of what triggers these feelings, compounding the problem further.
Social Anxiety Disorder
If you suffer with Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder you might find being around people awkward, not knowing what to say or how to behave. Interactions with other people might make you feel anxious, scared or embarrassed. The idea of going to an upcoming social situation, or going somewhere unfamiliar might feel overwhelming. Even socialising with friends and relatives can be uncomfortable. You may worry that people are judging you, scared to join into conversations, biding your time to make an excuse to leave. This anxiety may be present in everyday situations such as talking to your boss at work, eating in public, or making small talk with a neighbour. Read more about this in my blog.
Panic Attacks & Panic Disorder
Panic attacks are the sudden onset of panic and fear, together with intense, overwhelming symptoms such as a pounding heart, or heart palpitatons, shortness of breath, trembling, giddiness etc. The sufferer might feel as though they are out of control, going insane, about to faint, or even dying. Panic attacks tend to come on without warning, so the fear of having a panic attack can trap the sufferer into an unending cycle where the fear of another panic attack produces exactly that – another panic attack. According to the NHS website panic attacks symptoms are not considered to be dangerous, however they can feel terrifying. If you have recurrent panic attacks or have a constant fear of having a panic attack you might have Panic Disorder.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often described as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. An abnormal situation is a harrowing event or sequence of events, for example being in, or witnessing an accident, being involved in a violent personal attack, being in a warzone etc. Complex PTSD may result from repeated abuse, neglect or violence in childhood or adulthood. The sufferer may experience symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, guilt. anger or depression, and might avoid situations, use drugs or alcohol inappropriately, or suffer relationship problems. Whilst many people will get these ‘normal’ symptoms after such an incident, they usually fade over a few weeks or months. In PTSD these symptoms remain long after the incident has passed. Treatment recommended for PTSD includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) fall into two main categories – Obsessive Thoughts and Compulsive Behaviours. Obsessive thoughts are repetitive and frequent thoughts that you cannot shake off. They might provoke anxiety or worry, and can sometimes be graphic or disturbing in some way. Compulsive behaviours are rituals that you feel compelled to do repeatedly to ease anxiety, such as, repeatedly checking something. If you have OCD you might get either obsessive thoughts, or compulsive behaviours, or you may experience both. Examples of this type of disorder include: excessive cleaning or handwashing for fear of contamination; being compelled to repeatedly check that you have locked up when you leave the house; ungrounded fears that you have inflicted harm on someone; hoarding items. There may be a part of you that understands the behaviour or thought is irrational, but is unable to override the thought or feeling.
I have a fantastic tool box crammed full of super techniques that can help you to:
- Identify and remove the triggers that have brought on the anxiety
- Learn how to quickly change your emotional state from anxious and panicky to calm and relaxed so that being calm and relaxed becomes an automatic response
- Desensitise the symptoms of panic attacks so that you can get on with your life instead of avoiding situations that you associate with an attack.
Set yourself free…put those old anxious feelings and panic attacks in the past today. ‘