what is anxiety?

Anxiety and fear are designed to protect you from harm or danger. This is instinctive.


When you leave the safety of your home, you are designed to think of potential dangers (natural anxieties).  However, as these threats don’t exist in the way they used to.


When your mind feels you are potentially under threat, the hormone Adrenaline is released. Your heart rate increases to pump extra oxygen and nutrition around your body to prepare your muscles/organs to run and escape from the perceived danger, or stand prepared to defend yourself.

This ‘fight or flight’ response is essential when reacting to a real threat, but is not helpful when your mind is just imagining a threat. 

anxiety disorders

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Everyone’s experience of anxiety disorders is different. Not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience the same symptoms.

Mental symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • racing thoughts,

  • uncontrollable over thinking,

  • difficulties concentrating,

  • feelings of dread, panic or ‘impending doom’,

  • feeling irritable,

  • heightened alertness,

  • problems with sleep,

  • changes in appetite,

  • wanting to escape from the situation you are in, and

  • dissociation.

If you dissociate you might feel like you are not connected to your own body. Or like you are watching things happen around you, without feeling them.

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • sweating,

  • heavy and fast breathing,

  • hot flushes or blushing,

  • dry mouth,

  • shaking,

  • hair loss,

  • fast heartbeat,

  • extreme tiredness or lack of energy

  • dizziness and fainting, and

  • stomach aches and sickness.

Anxiety can often lead to depression.

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