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Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everybody has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. You may feel worried & anxious about an exam, a doctor’s appointment, or a job interview.

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Signs & Symptoms

Mental symptoms of anxiety can include:

· Racing thoughts

· Uncontrollable over-thinking

· Difficulties concentrating

· Feelings of dread, panic or ‘impending doom’

· Feeling irritable

· Heightened alertness

· Problems with sleep

· Changes in appetite

· Wanting to escape from the situation you are in, & dissociation.

If you dissociate you might feel like you are not connected to your own body. Or like you are watching things happen around you, without feeling it.

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:

· Sweating

· Heavy & fast breathing

· Hot flushes or blushing

· Dry mouth

· Shaking

· Hair loss

· Fast heartbeat

· Extreme tiredness or lack of energy

· Dizziness & fainting

· Stomach aches and sickness

Anxiety can lead to depression if left untreated.

Treatment

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Applied relaxation

Medication

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