Anxiety is one of the most discussed mental health issues. The term has entered our daily language and is often used to describe an agitated state, whether related to a particular incident or not. However, whilst anxiety is part of the human condition in that we all feel it at some point, overwhelming anxiety can feel terrifying, is debilitating and is not normal.
First of all it is important to distinguish between normal and abnormal anxiety. Writers, philosophers and more recently psychotherapists, have been writing about anxiety for many hundreds of years. It would seem that it is not possible to be human without feeling anxiety. Indeed, anxiety at manageable levels is helpful to us. From an evolutionary perspective, it is the most anxious amongst us who have survived – our ancestors who were ‘on-guard’ – anxious – about a sabre-toothed tiger attack, were the ones who survived. The same goes for war situations – anxiety enables soldiers to anticipate danger and remain vigilant. In our relatively safe Western societies, anxiety can be helpful in getting us to do something with our lives: without anxiety we would all be couch potatoes!
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When anxiety becomes debilitating it can feel extremely uncomfortable with increased heart rate, butterflies in our stomach and lots of strong emotions flowing through us whereby focusing on any one task can seem impossible. These symptoms can be relatively mild, through to meeting the criteria for Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Talking therapy can help you manage, understand and reduce your anxiety. The first step is in working with you to gain some foothold over the unbearable feelings. Once you have a sense of some control, we will gently start to help you explore what may be causing the anxiety which is often the result of deeper feelings that have not been acknowledged or processed, such as sadness, grief or other uncomfortable feelings. In this sense anxiety can be a protection from unbearable emotions that feel too unsafe to feel and work through on our own. This is where we can help you.
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