Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a medical test or job interview.
Feeling anxious is sometimes perfectly normal. However, people with generalised anxiety find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and often affect their daily life.
Generalised anxiety is a long-term condition which causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
You may feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time you felt relaxed. Anxiety can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include feeling irritable or worried and having trouble concentrating or sleeping.
Other signs of anxiety;
- a sense of dread
- feeling constantly “on edge”
- being easily distracted
Counselling can help you identify unhelpful and unrealistic beliefs and behavioural patterns.
Focusing on the problems you have at the moment, encouraging you to adapt new skills so that you react more positively to situations that would normally cause you anxiety. Counselling can help to replacing unhelpful beliefs with more realistic and balanced ones.