What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal emotion and can manifest in a range of ways, read on to find out the different types of anxiety and support available

It’s a normal emotion to feel anxious now and then. You may feel nervous when having to deal with a problem at work or at home, before taking a driving test, or before making an important decision about your life or the life of someone close to you.

During Covid19 Beautiful New Beginnings has to date supported 78 people within the Merseyside area with anxiety or fear based procrastination through the telephone call counselling service or via private messaging across social media.

A lot of the conversations started with a release of feelings with most calls ending with new techniques and the lifted feeling of being able to manage anxiety and taking care of their wellbeing.

For other calls signs of anxiety disorders were identified. Anxiety disorders are different to anxiety. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally.

For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with support, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life, even though that might seem out of reach during this unknown period.

Information for you. Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:

• Panic disorder. You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and feel palpitations (unusually strong or
irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.

• Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed. We will go through this in depth within the group.

• Specific phobias. You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.

• Generalised anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.

All anxiety disorders share some general symptoms:

• Panic, fear, and uneasiness
• Sleep problems
• Not being able to stay calm and still
• Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
• Shortness of breath
• Heart palpitations
• Dry mouth
• Nausea
• Tense muscles
• Dizziness

Researchers don’t know exactly what brings on anxiety disorders. Like other forms of mental illness, they stem from a combination of things, including changes in your
brain and environmental stress, and even your genes. The disorders can run infamilies and could be linked to faulty circuits in the brain that control fear and other
emotions.If you have symptoms, your doctor can do a telephone call and even examine you while asking for your medical history. Your doctor may run tests to rule out medical illnesses that might be causing your symptoms. There are no none lab tests canspecifically diagnose anxiety disorders.

Wellbeing support is always available through Beautiful New Beginnings. Simply contact us to book a wellbeing call with our Counsellor Clare Bowers or join our free group Doing My Best via our Facebook Page

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