We all feel anxious at some time and it is very common to feel worried about a potentially stressful situation such as a job interview or meeting new people. Anxiety is a perfectly normal physical and emotional reaction but, for some people these feelings of anxiety are very strong, last a long time and can become overwhelming
Anxiety is the main symptom of a number of conditions including panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder. However, the most common form of anxiety is known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This is a long-term condition that causes sufferers to feel anxious about a wide range of issues rather than one specific event. People living with this condition will typically feel anxious most days. Common symptoms of anxiety include sweating, fast or irregular heartbeat, nausea, lack of concentration, trouble sleeping, irritability and panic attacks. Often people do not know what has caused their anxiety and this is why counselling or other forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies can help.