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Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful or uncertain situations such as a divorce, starting a new school or changing jobs. In certain situations it can be a productive response as it can prepare us for a difficult situation.

But for many anxiety can take over their normal day to day life and often feel controlled by their anxiety. Anxiety can often be associated with other issues such as depression or panic attacks.



Symptoms of anxiety


Anxiety causes us to have two kinds of responses, one physical and the other psychological. The physical symptoms are caused by our brains preparing us for the stressful or new event, making us ready for a fight or flight response. Your heart and lungs work faster along with other parts of your body and adrenaline is released. All these factors mean that the following symptoms can occur:


  • Tightness of the chest or pains in the chest

  • Excessive sweating

  • Blushing

  • Dry moutRapid heartbeath

  • Dizziness

  • Diarrhoea


In addition to the above symptoms people can also feel the psychological symptoms which can include:


  • Lack of concentration

  • More than normal feelings of anger

  • Insomnia

  • Feeling of being out of control

  • Low self esteem

  • Feeling of panic

When to ask for help


People often suffer in silence because they are too worried about asking for help, some people may become even more anxious at the thought of asdking for help, what happens if they think I am worrying about nothing? Or what happens if they think im doing it for attention? At Wokingham Psychology we believe it is always ok to ask for help especially If the feelings are severe, are prolonged or if the the worry interferes with your day to day life or if you find yourself worrying without any stressful event occurring.


Feel free to call us for confidential advice on how we may be able to help.


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