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Anxiety, Phobias, Panic

Anxiety can have a massive impact on your life. It can cause sleeplessness, social awkwardness, and a range of other symptoms. Extreme anxiety can lead to phobias and even panic attacks, which can be crippling.

There is no need to suffer in silence or let fear rule your life. Overcoming your problems is very possible, with the right support. In this article we explore anxiety, and examine how psychological therapy can help.

Is anxiety normal?

It is entirely normal to experience anxiety from time to time. It can help you to take steps to avoid danger, or help things to go well. However, where feelings of anxiety are constant, or extreme, it can stop you from getting on with your life. For example, being afraid of an aggressive dog makes good sense, but avoiding all situations where there may or may not be a dog present, makes living a normal life difficult.

The symptoms of anxiety

The symptoms of constant or extreme anxiety vary from person to person. You may be unable to concentrate, or may feel irritable all the time. You may have problems sleeping and suffer from extreme tiredness. You may have feelings of hopelessness or panic. Anxiety can also cause physical problems, such as a poor appetite, sweating, irregular heartbeats, muscle tension, breathlessness, dizziness, indigestion, nausea or diarrhoea.

Whatever your symptoms, anxiety is distressing, and can stop you from living your life the way you want.

What causes anxiety?

Your anxiety may have been triggered by a specific event, or may just appear to develop over time. Brain chemistry and genetics have a role to play. Legal and illegal stimulants can also increase feelings of anxiety, as can life events such as relationship issues, job changes or traumatic events. Sometimes, the causes of anxiety are simply unknown.

People with anxiety, feelings of panic or phobias rarely have a serious mental illness. However, if left untreated, anxiety can lead to other problems such as Depression, Relationship Problems, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Overcoming anxiety

The good news is that you can get long-lasting or permanent relief from your anxiety, with psychological help. Getting the right help early can make all the difference. Speaking with your GP and any other treating clinicians is generally a good first start. There is evidence to show that both medication and psychological therapies can help, either together or separately.

How psychological therapy can help

Every individual is different and your situation will be unique to you. It’s important that any diagnosis is made with a qualified and experienced practitioner who can understand your specific needs and can tailor the right approach. Speaking to your GP can be a good place to chat.

Therapies can include talking about your anxiety, self-help groups, and learning to relax. Specific therapies such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) have also been shown to be very helpful with anxiety, panic, phobias and related problems.

Get help now

Connect will help you find the most appropriate psychotherapist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you or someone you know is suffering, and you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion of your concerns. Call 01225 344 171 or email

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