Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is our body’s way of informing us that something is not quite right. It is a normal part of life and is a natural reaction to our environment. Anxiety is related to our "fight or flight" response - our body's natural response to a dangerous situation. It is often a vague unpleasant emotional state, accompanied by feelings of apprehension, dread, distress and uneasiness. As such it can often be difficult to determine when anxiety has started to become a problem.  If your anxiety is starting to affect the way you want to live or affecting the way you live it might be time for you to seek help.  

Symptoms of anxiety can or may include:

  • Easily tired
  • On edge/restless
  • Irritable
  • Sleeping poorly
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty concentrating

Most of the above symptoms can be considered normal responses at different times depending on your environment. They may not always indicate that you suffer from anxiety.

It is very important to note that anxiety is NOT fear. Anxiety is intangible and object-less; Fear is very specific.

Helpful tips to manage your anxiety

  • Talk to a trusted friend
  • Remember to breathe
  • Distract yourself
  • Listen to music
  • Get some exercise
  • Keep a diary
  • Eat a healthy diet 
  • Drink plenty of water

There might be times when your anxiety can tip into a panic attack. A panic attack is a sudden severe feeling of fear that occurs for no discernable reason. The inexplicable fear is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, numbness and feeling faint.

It is very important to note that sometimes your anxiety can have a concrete cause that you are able to identify. However, often the anxiety and panic attacks have intangible causes that are very difficult to discern yourself.

If you are worried about anxiety or are having panic attacks please contact your GP and consider discussing your symptoms with a trained counsellor.

 

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Useful Articles

Here's a list of articles about anxiety you might find helpful.

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Anxiety
The following suggestions can be used to address fearful beliefs, avoidance behaviours, and tension in the body. The effectiveness of each will depend on the type of anxiety you experience and severity of current problems.

A new angle on Anxiety
Clinical anxiety affects up to 30 percent of Americans who are in great need of better treatments with fewer side effects. A study finds that certain neurons in the hypothalamus play a central, previously unknown role in triggering anxiety.

10 things you should never say to a mother dealing with anxiety
If you don't understand the difference between stress and anxiety, odds are you've never been diagnosed with any kind of anxiety disorder. Parents are infamous for telling tales of stress and anxiety, but for those of us who have been clinically diagnosed with some sort of anxiety disorder, the parental struggle that most people talk about seems more like a walk through the park than a day in the circus. There's a big difference between the two, and understanding that difference will help you avoid saying things you should never say to a parent dealing with anxietythat, you know, inevitably make it all worse.

Women 'nearly twice as likely to suffer from anxiety' than men
Its authors from Cambridge University say that as well as women, young people under 35 and those with health problems are particularly affected.

13 Things Men With Anxiety And Depression Want You To Know
Openly discussing mental illness can be a tough battle for anyone — but for men, the cultural baggage of traditional masculinity may make it particularly challenging.

Recommended Books

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (3rd Edition): Volume 3 (Overcoming Common Problems) - Dr. Tim Cantopher
This book has helped many thousands of those who have depression. This new edition, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that depression tests the strongest of us. Dr Cantopher guides the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments.

Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations
In his engaging book, Jules Evans explains how ancient philosophy saved his life, and how we can all use it to become happier, wiser and more resilient.

The Consolations of Philosophy
Alain de Botton, bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life.

Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure
Robert de Board's engaging account of Toad's experience of counselling will capture the imagination of the growing readership of people who are interested in counselling and the counselling process. 

The Life Changing Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Sarah Knight
This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt - and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy.

 

Charities and support groups

Charities and support groups

Below you will find a comprehensive list of charities and support groups that offer help and assistance to anyone who is struggling with this mental health issue

Barnardos

Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. We believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

www.barnardos.org.uk

NSPCC

Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

0800 1111 Childline for Children (24 hour)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24 hour)
www.nspcc.org.uk

Childline

The UK’s free and confidential helpline is not just for children, it provides help for young people of all ages who are in distress or danger.  Counsellors provide advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day. 

You can get help and advice about a wide range of issues, including violence and abuse in your relationship on the Childline website.  You can also talk to a counsellor online, send an email or post on the message boards.

Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in.

ChildLine has launched an app called Zipit. It helps you get flirty chat back on the right track. It's packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game. Find out more: childline.org.uk/zipit

Helpline: 0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

Have I got a Problem?

HaveiGotAproblem.com is a free online resource to help you understand issues or concerns you may have about mental health or addiction issues.

This site was created to give the public information to help them understand mental health and addiction issues and to assist people in making better informed decisions about their life and personal choices.

 

http://www.haveigotaproblem.com/

 

Young Minds

Charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

www.youngminds.org.uk
Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm

Support Line

SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse. SupportLine is a member of the Helplines Association. SupportLine also provides support by email and post.

http://www.supportline.org.uk
Helpline: 01708 765 200

Anxiety UK

Provides support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Helpline: 08444 775 774 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm)

Rethink

Rethink, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

http://www.rethink.org/
Helpline 0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm

Student Minds

Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity. We believe that peer support can change the state of student mental health. Our vision is for students to take action to foster an environment where everyone has the confidence to talk and listen to each other, the skills to support one another and the knowledge to look after their own mental health.

Helpline: 08444 775 774 Mon-Fri 9:30am - 5.30pm (calls subject to charge)
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/anxiety-disorders.html

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army works closely with addiction referral services as well as providing specialist detox centres in the UK. This is complemented by rehabilitation and support programmes.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/addiction-support

Get Connected

Get Connected is the UK's free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn.

Helpline: 0808 808 4994
Open from 11am - 11pm every day
http://www.getconnected.org.uk/

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory aims to be the leading service for providing counselling advice and information - connecting those in distress with the largest support network in the UK.

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/

The Site

TheSite.org is the first place young people should check for advice, information and support on sex, relationships, drugs, drink, health and wellbeing.

http://www.thesite.org/

Depression Alliance

At Depression Alliance we bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. We also campaign to end the stigma of depression and to raise awareness of what it means to live with it.

http://www.depressionalliance.org/

Time to Change

Our aim is to start a conversation… or hopefully thousands of conversations.

We want to empower people with mental health problems to feel confident talking about the issue without facing discrimination. And we want the three quarters of the population who know someone with a mental health problem to talk about it too.

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

First Person Plural

First Person Plural is a small UK-wide membership charity led by volunteers who have lived-experience of dissociative identity disorder (previously known as ‘multiple personality disorder’) or other childhood-trauma-related complex dissociative condition with a similar presentation.

www.firstpersonplural.org.uk

No Panic

Aims are to aid the relief and rehabilitation of those people suffering from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and other related Anxiety Disorders, including Tranquilliser and Drug Withdrawal, and to provide support to sufferers and their families and/or carers.

 

www.nopanic.org.uk
Helpline 0800 138 8889

Mind - For Better Mental Health

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.  We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

http://www.mind.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Anxiety Alliance

Anxiety Alliance is a charity dedicated to helping and supporting those suffering from anxiety, as well as families and friends of those suffering from anxiety.

http://www.anxietyalliance.org.uk/
Helpline: 0845 2967877 (10am-10pm)

HHUGS

Helping Households Under Great Stress (HHUGS) is the only UK registered charity, providing protection, empowerment and support to Muslim households harmfully affected by counter-terrorism and national security legislation in the UK and abroad.

http://www.hhugs.org.uk/

SANE

SANE services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.

http://www.sane.org.uk/
Helpline 0845 767 8000

Talking 2 Minds

Talking2Minds was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of helping those suffering from PTSD or other severe stress related conditions. Initially, we offered help exclusively to military sufferers. However, as word of our success spread, we found others coming to us from all sectors of society including the “blue light” services and those who had suffered trauma through abuse and horrific accidents.

http://www.talking2minds.co.uk/

 

Samaritans

The Samaritans provide 24 hour, confidential, emotional support for anyone in crisis.

http://www.samaritans.org/
Helpline 116 123, this number is FREE to call
Email jo@samaritans.org

Elefriends (run by Mind)

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. 

We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, and this is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you're feeling good right now, or really low, it's a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. 

Shared experiences and perspectives are valuable and powerful. In this way Elefriends don't just get help, they give help too. In the good times and the bad.

www.elefriends.org.uk

Off The Record

We believe that young people need places to go which are easy to access, where you are treated with respect, and where you can get support and information to help you make your own life choices. Our services are friendly and welcoming – about 1,000 new young people visit us every year. Available in the Richmond borough.

http://otrtwickenham.com/

Bipolar UK

Helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder

www.bipolaruk.org.uk

Papyrus UK

Suicide prevention for young people up to the age of 35

https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Helpline: 0800 068 41 41
Monday - Friday 10am – 5pm & 7pm – 10pm, Weekends 2pm – 5pm 

Text: 07786 209697
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

 

Family Lives

Offers support to anyone parenting or helping to raise children, from newborn babies to young adults. There are free telephone and email helplines, parenting courses and information leaflets. The website offers lots of advice, real-life stories and relevant news as well as a helpful A-Z of related topics.

http://www.familylives.org.uk/
Helpline: 0800 800 2222 (9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday;10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday)

 

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