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What is Anxiety?

Anxiey is a term used for several disorders that cause you to be nervous, feel fear, apprehension, and make you worry.

If you’ve been feeling anxious for a long time or feel your anxiety is excessive, this could indicate a disorder or social phobia.

While it’s tempting to ‘shrug off’ these sort of feelings, if left untreated, long-term feelings of anxiety lead to more serious problems like high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.

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Anxiety Symptoms

Having long-term feelings of anxiety can lead to both psychological and physical symptoms.

Psychological symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling stressed or worried a great deal of the time
  • Problems getting to sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Feeling very emotional
  • Feeling alert, on edge or being unable to relax

Prolonged feelings of anxiety also cause your brain to produce an excess of stress hormones, which can lead to a range of unpleasant physical symptoms, including:

  • Feeling (and sometimes being) sick
  • Having an irregular heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Frequently going to the toilet
  • Having the feeling of ‘butterflies’ in your stomach
  • A loss of appetite

Unsure if these are your symptoms?

When it comes to anxiety, many patients are worried about making a fuss.

However, if you're concerned about your symptoms, it's important to seek help and get the treatment you need as soon as possible.

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Anxiety Treatment

Once one of our doctors has diagnosed you with anxiety, there are a number of treatment options available.

Our GPs can refer you for counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), where you can work with a specialist on controlling your thoughts and putting an action plan in place to deal with anxiety triggers.

In some cases, our doctors can also prescribe medication that will deal with your symptoms.

They'll discuss all the options with you before proceeding and make sure you fully understand what your treatment will entail.

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What Causes Anxiety?

It’s perfectly normal to have feelings of fear or unease when dealing with stressful events in your life.

However, anxiety can sometimes run out of control and interfere with your day-to-day life. It's often not clear what triggers your anxiety, but by working with a GP or mental health specialist, you'll be able to identify the cause of your issue.

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