ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS & PHOBIAS
Anxiety is a mechanism which originally helped us stay safe and out of danger by alerting us to danger.
However, at times, this response may be triggered also when not in the presence of danger and we can feel “always on alert” so that it is easier to imagine that things in life are worse than they really are.
Some people have a very identifiable cause for their anxiety; a traumatic incident, lots of stressors or have undergone a significant life event (moving house, getting divorced, having surgery).
How can counselling help
Counselling can help reduce anxiety in various ways including through the use of relaxation techniques.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to alter thinking patterns which promote anxiety and replace them with more functional ways of thinking.
Physical symptoms of anxiety include:
Increased heart rate, palpitations and tight band across the chest area
Increased muscle tension
Tingling in the hands and feet
Hyperventilation (over breathing) and dizziness