Anxiety and Stress

Everyone has experienced feelings of anxiety, the fear that something unpleasant and beyond our control is about to happen.   People are often anxious when they are about to face, or are facing an unfamiliar situation.

  • Illness
  • Separation
  • Unemployment
  • Moving house
  • Job interviews
  • Exams
  • Even going on holiday

Most of us only suffer mild anxiety and this often helps to keep us on our toes and sharpens our mental abilities, but when this anxiety becomes debilitating with high levels of tension and stress it’s time to act.  Often a diagnosis is difficult and a GP will cite generalised stress, anxiety or depression.  Is it depression that makes the person anxious or is it anxiousness that makes the person depressed??

Anxiety can affect individuals in different ways:

  • feelings of tightness in the chest
  • rapid shallow breathing
  • nausea
  • loss of appetite
  • headaches and dizziness
  • faintness
  • sweating
  • frequent urination
  • chest pains
  • loss of interest in sex
  • irritability a sense of fear
  • depression
  • getting tired easily
  • constant worrying
  • sleep disturbance
  • an inability to concentrate
Anxiety can happen in people from all backgrounds, occupations and at any time of life. It is a commonly diagnosed mental health problem, affecting approximately five per cent of the population at some point in their lifetime. Anxiety can affect anyone at any time.