Do you struggle to relax?
Does your heart frequently race or pound?
Do you frequently feel dizzy, hot or unsteady?
Do you often feel breathless when you haven’t exerted yourself?
Do your hands tremble? Do often feel nervous?
Do you frequently fear that the worst will happen?
Do you worry about getting anxious?
Do you avoid things that make you anxious and does this interfere with living your life?
Do you worry about losing control or fainting?
Do you worry about becoming ill or dying?
Do you lie awake at night worrying?
If you find yourself answering yes to one or more of the above, you may be suffering from anxiety and may benefit from our counselling services to help you to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms and get back to living your life as you would like to.
What is CBT for Anxiety?
Everyone’s experience of anxiety is different so the first step is for your Therapist to get a good understanding of yours so that treatment can be specifically tailored to what you need. They will do this by asking you about when your anxiety started, what you worry about when you are anxious, what physical symptoms you have, what your anxiety makes you do and what it stops you doing and what makes your anxiety better and worse.
Your Therapist will also ask you a little bit about other aspects of your life, work, relationships, family and how you spend your leisure time in order to get a sense of you and what type of approach will be most effective.
Next your Therapist will help you to reduce your symptoms of anxiety. This will involve a combination of techniques designed to not only lessen feelings of anxiety but also to build confidence and self-esteem which are essential in keeping anxiety at a manageable level. Techniques may include:
Once you feel in control of your anxiety your Therapist will help you to identify why it developed in the first place and then devise ways for you to protect yourself against these influences ensuring that your symptoms do not return.
The final phase of treatment focuses on you consolidating the anxiety management skills you have learnt and building confidence in your ability to manage without therapy. This is likely to involve a number of tasks and challenges that will enable you to practice and test yourself.
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There is no single cause of anxiety but the following factors or combination of them may increase an individual’s vulnerability:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a persistent “free floating” anxiety where the individual worries about everyday things to such an extent that the level of worry is out of proportion with the source of the worry and interferes with the individual’s ability to do day to day things.
Phobias are a normal part of development for children (common phobias include dogs, insects and bugs, the dark, loud noises, monsters,) and are therefore more common in children than in adults. The prevalence of phobias in this age group is due to the fact that we naturally fear what is unfamiliar and what we believe we cannot deal with and children because of their limited experience of the world, more often find themselves in the position of facing something new or strange without the back catalogue of how to cope with this. Children are also more likely to mix up what is real with what is imagined making situations feels much more unpredictable and therefore dangerous; imagine what it would be like if you were never sure when a monster was suddenly going to appear.
As phobias are generally something that children grow out of as their confidence in the safety of the world and their ability to cope within it grows. Professional help is usually only indicated if a child is experiencing a level of distress or avoidance of the fear object/situation that is beginning to interfere with day to day life. In this case it is advisable to see a psychologist who will be able to determine whether the phobia is a normal part of growing up of a symptom of another more complex problem that needs attention e.g. at home or at school.
It is estimated that around 10% of the population in Britain suffer from anxiety. The problem is slightly more common in women than in men and amongst individuals in their 20s. The most common type of anxiety is Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the government body which evaluates the effectiveness of treatments in healthcare recommends the following treatment for anxiety: