Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Generalised Anxiety Disorder is the feeling of unease, worry or fear. Everyone will experience some levels, such as taking an exam. Higher levels will likely prevent you from doing things and could seriously impact your life. It is a sense that something is wrong and we have little control over it.
Panic is an extreme form of anxiety. A panic attack where you feel out of control is not a nice experience. Multiple or frequent panic attacks will impact us and limit our life.
I have been experienced in anxiety counselling for many years. We will work together to identify what is impacting you – try to help you clear your head in tackling the issues and bring clarity to your life.
Anxiety symptoms include
- Inability to stay calm
- Poor sleep
- Being cold or sweaty – especially hands of feet
- Difficulty in concentrating – worry about the present feeling
- Feeling weak (weak legs, weak body)
- Feeling short of breath
There are many types of anxiety. Maybe we are anxious about travel, or an exam. The impact of the anxiety could mean that we don’t enjoy the holiday – from the lead-up, the getting there and being anxious all the time we are there until we return home. Or for an exam the impact is that we don’t give of our best and so don’t achieve the result we are hoping for.
There are many more examples of anxiety than this (anxious about work, driving, there are phobias – all are forms of anxiety). Give me a call, anxiety help is a speciality of mine. We can talk about your symptoms and more. I have been through these issues many times and can help you.
Will Anxiety Therapy Help Me?
The purpose of anxiety therapy is to get you back to “normal”. It will start with understanding what situations cause the anxiety and panic attack and types of anxiety you experience. There are many forms of anxiety.
A goal would be to identify the causes of anxiety or panic attacks and what (if anything) makes it worse (trigger situations).
Once we have come to understand what causes it we can move on to treatment for the anxiety.
There are different counselling techniques that could be used; I would choose the one (or more) depending on the circumstances. For example, if the anxiety was brought on by an experience long in the past then I would probably use psychodynamic techniques for therapy.
Our aim is to return you to a normal life. Anxiety treatment is a process, it may still occur, but at a level where you are able to recognise it and cope with it. I would expect that we can eliminate or dramatically reduce the impact of panic attacks, and just see this as a form of anxiety.