Occasionally we may feel stressed, worried, nervous, uneasy or uncertain about the future. It is normal for everyone to experience these feelings from time to time. However, anxiety is more than this. Anxiety is when these feelings persist and are ongoing, even when the stressor is removed. Anxiety is a serious condition and can have a major impact, often making it difficult to cope.
Anxiety can present itself in many different ways. This includes persistent worry, anxiety in social situations, specific anxieties or phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder or symptoms that arise due to experiencing trauma.
Common symptoms of anxiety are:
- Physical symptoms such as heart racing, rapid breathing, difficulty staying still or calming down, trembling, loss of appetite or an increase in eating.
- Fear of social situations, places or events
Treatment is often tailored to your specific needs and learning how to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.