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Did you know.....
  • Anxiety is being worried even when there is nothing to worry about
  • Panic attacks are terrifying
  • If you have a panic attack, remember that you aren't going to die or pass out
  • If someone around you has an anxiety or panic attack stay calm and take them to a quiet place away from noise and excitement.

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It's like being worried ... times a million!

When we're worried, like before an exam or on a first date, our hearts beat faster and we get butterflies in our stomach but the feeling soon passes. Anxiety and panic attacks are what happen when worry goes extreme.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is when you feel extreme worry and severe tension that interferes with daily life. Much more than the normal worry and stress people often experience day-to-day, anxiety means thinking bad things are going to happen and often worrying extremely about family, money and health. Other minor issues such as every day tasks or appointments can also cause anxiety and for some, just getting through the day can cause worry.

Chronic worrying
Muscle ache
Being irritable
•Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty concentrating

What is a Panic Attack?

Sometimes anxiety can lead to anxiety or panic attacks. These can be very frightening. When someone is having an anxiety or panic attack they can have difficulties breathing and swallowing, feel pains in their chest and tingling in their body and feel like something terrible is going to happen to them. They might shake and shiver and feel like they have to get away from the situation that they’re in. Panic attacks usually last for about twenty minutes and feel very distressing to the person experiencing them.

Both anxiety and anxiety attacks can make you want to avoid the situations where they happen, which can rely get in the way of doing the everyday
things that you need to do.

What causes Anxiety?

The symptoms of anxiety-related problems are caused by the build-up of of adrenaline in the body, usually brought on by an over-sensitised nervous system.
Anxiety and depression can run in families as a result of learned and copied behaviour or a genetic disposition.
Drugs, legal and illegal, can alter moods and may trigger anxiety.
An illness, shocking experience or trauma may also leave us with a tendency to be anxious.

Getting help
Anxiety and panic attacks usually respond well to talking therapies such as appointment with a counsellor.
Most people’s first point of contact with the NHS. Many patients visiting their GP are there for help with emotional difficulties, so the doctor will be used to listening to these types of problems. Your doctor can suggest a range of treatments, depending on the nature of your difficulties.
Talk to a Doctor
What can you control? Create a list of what is making you feel anxious and ask yourself about each thing ‘is this something that I can control?’ There are some things that we can’t control, acknowledging this and only dealing with the things we can control can significantly reduce anxiety.
Relaxation techniques can help you to deal with anxiety, ask your Doctor or counsellor about these.