In the increasingly frantic world we live in, more and more people are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety. This can lead to feelings of being uptight, agitated, having difficulties sleeping (insomnia), experiencing panic attacks, and sometimes these experiences can feel so debilitating it’s a struggle to leave the house.
From stage fright to constant anxiety
There are lots of reasons people can feel anxious and we all do to a greater or lesser extent at varying points. It can even be helpful to feel a little anxious at times – like a warning sign that there may be something that requires your attention, something to be worried about perhaps. However, when the experience of anxiety becomes overwhelming, it is very difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis. Various manifestations of anxiety can be both caused by particular stressors or general raised levels of stress and can themselves feel like a source of stress, a burden even.
Sometimes it may be that there are particular situations in which anxiety can feel overwhelming. Giving a presentation at work, speaking in public, taking an exam or many other situations. In these circumstances you may feel panicked, crippled and unable to perform. This can manifest in a number of ways including feeling unable to concentrate, having your mind go blank, sweating and you may decide that avoiding the situation altogether is your only option (though often we later regret these decisions and can understandably feel resentful that anxiety has prevented us from engaging in the tasks we wanted to). For some, the experience of anxiety may be more enduring and it can end up feeling like anxiety has overtaken our lives.
Anxiety can manifest in a number of ways and you may experience one or more of the following:
- A sense of urgency or panic
- Panic Attacks
- Heightened heart rate or blood pressure
- Feeling terrified
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling stressed
- Feeling unable to leave the house (agrophobia)
- Sexual difficulties
Whether you are finding yourself feeling increasingly nervous generally, or just in specific situations, the practitioners at Psychology Sussex are experienced in working collaboratively with you to formulate strategies for both managing these experiences, decreasing their frequency, and understanding what lies at their root. Ultimately here at Psychology Sussex we endeavour to work with you to reduce the anxiety that you may currently be experiencing.
Do not hesitate to contact now to speak to one of our team about how it is Psychology Sussex may be able to help you.