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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety means feeling worried, fearful or nervous. It’s natural to be anxious – but if the feelings
don’t go away, get worse or have no particular cause, they can become a problem.
See the signs
There are different types of anxiety – including panic attacks, social anxiety, post traumatic stress
disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Here are some of the common symptoms for all the above: Racing thoughts

  • – Difficulty concentrating
  • – Feelings of dread
  • – Irritability
  • – Sleep and appetite problems
  • – Fast breathing and heartbeat
  • – Hot flushes or blushing
  • – Dry mouth
  • – Shaking
  • – Extreme tiredness or lack of energy
  • – Dizziness and fainting
  • – Stomach aches and sickness



There are lots of ways to help yourself, including exercise, meditation or stress management
courses. Again, these help yourself ideas are good for you:

  • – Exercise or get outdoors, even if it’s just for a walk
  • – Take breathing exercises
  • – Learn ways to relax, such as meditation Yoga
  • – Eating healthy foods regularly
  • – Follow a daily routine to give your life more structure
  • – Get enough sleep
  • – Keep a mood diary to be more aware of your symptoms
  • – Do something creative like writing, art or music
  • – Meet people at your local club, group or society
  • – Volunteering

Talking therapy can really help these problems, either one-to-one or in a group. You can also tackle
anxiety with medication, and both of these options are available on the NHS.
If you have any symptoms described above, it’s a good idea to talk to your GP.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing and manage
anxiety symptoms.

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