anxiety and panic attack treatment

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

If you have a generalized anxiety disorder, you tend to worry about a number of things in your daily life. You may be very anxious about just getting through the day and tend to find difficult to control or stop worrying.

Symptoms may include:

  • Inability to relax
  • difficulty concentrating or “your mind goes blank”,
  • feeling muscular tension or aches and discomfort
  • having problem falling asleep or staying asleep
  • having difficulty sitting still, feeling restless
  • irritability, sweating, fatigue, headaches and nausea.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help change an anxious mindset to one of increased positivity.

PANIC ATTACKS

A panic disorder (or panic attack) is a sudden and repeated attack of fear that may last for several minutes. Panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. You may have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack such as a racing heart, sweating, breathing problems, weakness or dizziness, tingly or numb hands or chest pain.

Symptoms may include:

  • feeling your heart racing
  • sudden and repeated attacks of fear
  • a feeling of being out of control during a panic attack
  • an strong worry about when the next attack will happen
  • an avoidance of places or situations which may bring on a panic attacks

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help change a panicky mindset to one of increased calmness.

SOCIAL ANXIETY

If you have a social phobia, you may tend to be afraid of doing things in front of other people. More than just shyness, social phobia involves a combination of excessive self-consciousness, a fear of public humiliation and a fear of being judged by others.

Symptomsmayinclude:

  • being very anxious about being with other people
  • worrying for days or weeks before an event where others will be
  • staying away from places where there are other people
  • having a hard time making and keeping friends
  • blushing, sweating, feeling nauseous or trembling around other people

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help improve social confidence.

If you would like to talk to someone about psychological therapy and available interventions for anxiety or panic attacks,please get in touch with us at the Health Psychology Clinic by telephone at 020 8144 3041 or book online by clicking below.

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