Anxiety

If you are looking at this page then it is likely that you or someone you are close to is suffering from anxiety or panic related symptoms.

Most people will experience these types of issues at some point in their lives and some people live with them on a daily basis for much of their lives. The fact that it is not unusual to suffer these types of symptoms does not make it any less disturbing or problematic. What is important is to find a way to address and overcome them.

It takes courage to seek help but by doing so you will be taking the first step in managing your life differently and that can only be a good thing! Seeking therapy is a great place to start.

There are a range of physical symptoms and reactions which are associated with anxiety, some of which I have listed below and may be familiar to you.
• Headaches & dizziness
• Blurred vision
• Difficulty swallowing
• Aching neck, backache, headache
• Over breathing, chest pains, tingling, palpitations
• Frequent urination and diarrhoea
• Excess sweating, blushing
• Feeling nausea and indigestion

Anxiety is often difficult to define and that in its self can increase the problem leading to the ‘anxiety triangle’

Physical symptoms = worrying about the symptoms = increased anxiety

Finding the right Therapist for you is an important step on the journey to working through your anxiety and learning to manage your mind to work with you rather than against you.

I have included below a simple questionnaire that will help you identify if you are experiencing anxiety (GAD7 NICE approved).

(The GAD-7 score is calculated by assigning scores of 0, 1, 2, and 3, to the response categories of “not at all,” “several days,” “more than half the days,” and “nearly every day,” respectively, and adding together the scores for the seven questions.

Scores of 5, 10, and 15 are taken as the cut off points for mild, moderate, and severe anxiety, respectively. When used as a screening tool, further evaluation is recommended when the score is 10 or greater. I would suggest you contact a Healthcare Professional who can help you with your Anxiety)

 

Questionnaire

 

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

 

  • Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge?

 

  1. Not all all                        (score 0)
  2. Several days                  (score 1)
  3. More than half the days (score 2)
  4. Nearly every day            (score 3)

 

 

  • Not being able to stop or control worrying?

 

  1. Not all all                        (score 0)
  2. Several days                  (score 1)
  3. More than half the days (score 2)
  4. Nearly every day            (score 3)

 

  • Worrying too much about different things?

 

  1. Not all all                        (score 0)
  2. Several days                  (score 1)
  3. More than half the days (score 2)
  4. Nearly every day            (score 3)

 

  • Trouble relaxing?

 

  1. Not at all                        (score 0)
  2. Several days                  (score 1)
  3. More than half the days (score 2)
  4. Nearly every day            (score 3)

 

  • Being easily annoyed or irritable?

 

  1. Not at all                        (score 0)
  2. Several days                  (score 1)
  3. More than half the days (score 2)
  4. Nearly every day            (score 3)

 

  • Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen?

 

  1. Not at all                        (score 0)
  2. Several days                  (score 1)
  3. More than half the days (score 2)
  4. Nearly every day            (score 3)