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Anxiety

Anxiety - Sky dive

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear or panic that just won’t switch off. It can make things very difficult but you don’t have to let it rule your life. Start dealing with your anxiety and get back on track.

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is the most common type of Anxiety Disorder. With generalised anxiety, you might manage with effort to keep things under control until the next stressful time and then the vicious cycle carries on. The effort of keeping things under control is itself very stressful and so adds fuel to the problem. This is how some people come to feel anxious about their anxiety, making the problem even more intense.

Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder

If you have generalised anxiety you may:

  •  feel worried and fearful and constantly think about the worst happening
  • feel your heart is beating faster and that you are sweating.
  • have difficulty sleeping

Help Steps

  1. Step 1: Talk to someone you trust.

    This could be your best mate, parents, boyfriend, girlfriend or tutor. You might think they won’t understand but everyone will have felt anxious about something in their life and can relate to this.

    Talking it over is important for lots of reasons:

    • it can be a weight off your mind to say it out loud;
    • you will need  support from others if you are struggling;
    • someone just being there can help you relax and feel less isolated;
    • they can offer reassurance that things will get better;
    • they can motivate you when you cannot motivate yourself;
    • they can help you find help or help you with practical things like booking appointments.

    We really recommend talking to someone but if you feel you can’t talk to someone you know then the Samaritans offer confidential advice and support and can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90.

  2. Step 2: Self-help

    Self-help therapies are a range of techniques you can apply yourself to help cope with stress and feel in control. Self-help could be completing exercises that you read, watch, listen to or complete online, it could be using relaxation training or it could be attending support groups.

    These work for many people and can be done alongside any other therapy you may be having so speak to your health professional about these if you’re interested.

    Have a look at our resources for anxiety.

  3. Step 3: Finding professional help and support.

    If you feel your anxiety is something you don’t want to manage alone contact your GP for a referral to an appropriate service. Professional help may include counselling, short-term psychological therapy or medication. There are also lots of local and national support networks that your GP will be able to put you in touch with.

    Have a look at what works for treating anxiety and see our interactive map for local help.

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