Anxiety Counselling in London
Many of us will experience anxiety in our lives at some point or other. This usually occurs before tackling something that challenges us; such as an exam or job interview. These are perfectly normal feelings considered a natural reaction to stress, and fortunately do not occur very often.
For people with anxiety disorders however, these feelings can occur frequently and appear without warning, causing them to feel distressed, frightened and powerless to overcome this state of panic.
Anxiety develops into a problem when the symptoms begin to hinder a person’s ability to function normally in their day to day lives. Counselling is a proven method for dealing with anxiety, and can help to alleviate some of the common symptoms that it causes.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a general term covering a number of disorders which cause fear, worry and nervousness. Problems with anxiety can be mild, moderate or in some cases severe. Mild anxiety, although unpleasant and unsettling is usually manageable, but severe anxiety can be crippling and often results in a serious hindrance to daily life.
Anxiety is indiscriminate, and can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Recent research suggests that anxiety is starting to overtake depression as the number one reason why people seek counselling services.
What are the common symptoms of Anxiety?
Anxiety affects everyone differently. While most people tend to experience anxiety mainly psychologically and emotionally, others can suffer from a number of physical symptoms. A particularly disturbing attribute of anxiety is that the physical effects that people suffer are often so unsettling to the individual they can end up even more anxious as a result.
Some of the most common psychological symptoms of anxiety are:
- Fear of the future
- Unable to concentrate
- Constantly worrying
- Panic attacks
While some of the common physical effects are:
- Chest pains and tightness
- Reduced appetite
- Feeling tense
- Heart palpitations and flutters
- Increased sweating
- Loss of sex drive
How Can Anxiety Counselling Help?
Counselling can help you to deal with anxiety by looking into the underlying causes and triggers – including those created by work, relationships and traumatic experiences – and work with you to develop more effective strategies for managing your anxiety.
Counselling can also help you to create a personal plan to develop a healthy change, and teach you simple techniques and tools that will help you to manage stressful situations which arise in the future.
As you progress with reducing your anxiety, regular counselling will help to keep you accountable to your goals, while providing emotional support and helping you to identify any potential barriers to self-improvement.