What is Anxiety?

If you have anxiety problems you’re in good company!

You may be interested to know that as many as 1 in 20 people have an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives (Mental Health Foundation Statistic, 2005). Approximately one person in ten will visit a doctor to seek help for anxiety problems.

Famous People with Anxiety Problems:

  • – Kim Basinger (Actress – 91/2 Weeks and Batman)
  • – Earl Campbell (American Footballer)

Anxiety is a normal part of the human condition and we all experience it from time to time. Indeed, it is necessary for us to become anxious when we need to prepare ourselves for action: to run out of the way of a speeding car or perform well in a race. Unfortunately, problems happen when you perceive threat from the environment when there is no actual current danger. There may have been danger present in the past as often happens with post traumatic stress responses, but to all intents and purposes the real threat to well being, life and health is no longer there. It is almost as if your body has a faulty threat detector and you may detect threat more often when you have anxiety problems.

How anxiety affects you physically:

  • – Heart pounding
  • – Sweating
  • – Breathlessness
  • – Chest pain
  • – Dry mouth
  • – Dizziness
  • – Faintness
  • – Headache
  • – Tiredness
  • – Loss of appetite

Common anxious thoughts

“I thought I was going to have heart attack”
“I feel as if I can’t breathe and I might choke and die”
“I might throw up”

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