What is anxiety?

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Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety falls into different categories; for example: social anxiety or relationship anxiety, phobic anxiety, generalised anxiety and/or panic anxiety.  It is helpful to know what kind of anxiety you are experiencing in order to determine the treatment plan to be most effective.  So it starts with the assessment which is why I offer a FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT to help you to make an informed decision about your individual personal therapeutic pathway forward.  You can call me on 07950 906421 and I will be delighted to hear from you, or if I cannot answer when you call I will call you back if you leave me a message either voicemail or text.  More on anxiety below:

Tension and anxiety are common problems.  About one tenth of the population every year will see their doctor because they feel tense or anxious.  In the past doctors have traditionally prescribed drugs for such problems, but over the last few years research has shown that there are more effective ways of treating anxiety such as a therapeutic approach; psychotherapy, where gaining insight into negative thoughts and behaviour patterns will lead you to work on coping strategies for more positive outcomes, and thus having more influence over your thoughts, feelings and behaviour where the symptoms of anxiety are reduced.

So do you think you experiencing anxiety?

We all experience anxiety at different levels.  Anxiety can serve you well when there is danger and may keep you safe.  However, we can also experience anxiety when there is no cause or reason to feel anxious to a higher level or degree.

The same symptoms that occur when experiencing anxiety may be the same as in many physical medical disorders, however, they can also occur in everyday life quite suddenly for no apparent reason.  A trauma, a loss, a life adjustment, a difficult relationship or issues at work and many more everyday difficulties that can occur at any time may trigger anxiety.

Anxiety can have both psychological and physical symptoms.  Anxiety disorders can be categorized into 4 categories in my experience:

1)  Generalised anxiety (where the symptoms are continuous but may come and go to a degree).

2)  Phobic anxiety disorders (where the anxiety is irregular, and happens only in certain circumstances).

3)  Panic disorder (where the anxiety is irregular and unrelated to any particular circumstance, and

4)  Social anxiety or relationship anxiety (where the person, to a larger or lesser degree, struggles with relationships; mostly the relationship with oneself).

“In summary the psychological symptoms and physical symptoms can be some or more of the following:

Psychological arousal:

  • Fearful anticipation.
  • Irritability.
  • Sensitivity to noise.
  • Restlessness.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Worrying thought.

Autonomic arousal:


  • Dry mouth.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Tummy discomfort.
  • Excessive wind.
  • Frequent loose motions.


  • Constriction in chest.
  • Difficulty inhaling.


  • Palpitations.
  • Discomfort in chest.
  • Awareness of missed heart beats.


  • Frequent or urgent micturition (urinate).
  • Failure of erection.
  • Menstrual discomfort.
  • Amenorrhea.

Muscle tension

  • Tremor.
  • Headache.
  • Aching muscles.


  • Dizziness.
  • Tingling in the extremities.
  • Feeling breathless

Sleep disturbance

  • Insomnia.
  • Night terrors.”

The above symptoms can be symptoms of anxiety but should always be checked out by a medical professional to rule out any medical condition.

Above information taken from:  Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Part 1, Fourth Edition, 2002.

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