Anxiety Counselling London

Occasional anxiety or stress is a normal part of life. Certain situations such as having an exam, making an important decision or relationship problems may make us feel anxious or stressed. The temporary anxiety or stress we feel is normally alleviated once the situation we are facing has passed.

Are Anxiety And Stress Different?

Stress is caused by an existing stress causing factor or stressor such as work, school or a difficult relationship. Anxiety is stress that continues after that stressor is gone. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or even anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another.

Symptoms Of Anxiety / Stress

With anxiety, fear overcomes all emotions accompanied by worry and apprehension. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear and is almost always accompanied by feelings that something bad is certain to happen. Anxiety can make a person withdraw from activities, relationships and situations due to this crippling fear. Physical symptoms may include chest pains, dizziness, shortness of breath and panic attacks.

Types Of Anxiety Problems:

These can include:

Phobia: Fear of a specific object or situation.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Excessive anxiety about a variety of everyday problems that is present for at least 6 months.

Panic Disorder: Having a panic attack when dealing with or faced with certain situations.

Is Anxiety / Stress Treatable?

Yes! You can train your mind to react differently so that it does not go into an anxious response. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to situations that help him or her feel less anxious and stressed. Stress management also helps manage stress differently and moderate the stress response.

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