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What is anxiety?

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Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

  • A churning feeling in your stomach
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Pins and needles
  • Feeling restless or unable to sit still
  • Headaches, backache or other aches and pains
  • Faster breathing
  • A fast, thumping or irregular heartbeat
  • Sweating or hot flushes
  • Sleep problems
  • Grinding your teeth, especially at night
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Needing the toilet more or less often
  • Changes in your sex drive
  • Having panic attacks

What can cause anxiety?

  • Concerns about your current life situation for example financial situations or life events
  • Past experiences, traumas and PTSD
  • Concerns around your health
  • Fear of social situations

But it can also be:

  • A side effect of taking certain drugs and medication
  • A symptom of other physical and mental health problems

What treatment is available for anxiety?

Talking therapies such as cognitively behavioural therapy can help treat anxiety. If you are experiencing symptoms self-refer today. With the right treatment from a mental health professional, you can manage your symptoms and live a full and happy life.

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