What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal, feeling of fear or panic about something that is happening or might happen in the future.

Everyone feels anxiety at times it is part of being human. For example, feeling anxious is normal when crossing a busy road, going through financial/family difficulties, or losing a job, etc.

It is only when anxiety takes control of your life and stops you from doing certain things or when you start to avoid certain situations that it becomes a disorder.

How anxiety affects us:

  • Physically – Symptoms
  • Emotionally – Fear
  • Cognitive – The way we think
  • Behave – Avoidance Behaviour

If we look up the word anxiety in the dictionary, we find the explanation:

“An uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future”.

Anxiety is normal. Everyone feels anxiety at times, from one extent to another, it is part of being human, it’s the body’s way of signalling a problem or a threat; crossing the road in busy traffic or going through financial/family difficulties, sitting an exam or losing a job, etc. It is when anxiety takes control of your life and stops you from doing certain things that it becomes a disorder. When you start to avoid things or everyday situations that feel threatening all adds to the problem.

When we are anxious the body is tense which alerts the nervous system that something is wrong.  Adrenaline rushes into our bloodstream to enable us to run away or stay and fight (fight-or-flight response). This happens whether the danger is real, or even if we simply believe the danger is real when actually there is none. It is the body’s alarm and survival mechanism. Primitive man would not have survived for long without this life-saving response. It works so well, that it often kicks in when it is not needed; when the danger is in our minds rather than in reality. We think we are in danger, so that is enough to trigger the system to go.

People can recover from anxiety with the right help and support.

How can No Panic help?
No Panic specialises in self-help recovery and our services include:
Providing people with the skills they need to manage their condition and work towards recovery.
Our aim is to give you all of the necessary advice, tools and support that you will need to recover and carry out this journey. No Panic Recovery Programs

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    Wondering if anyone has or is going through the same….. I was on Citapram for 3 years until this January. Coming off them wasn’t as bad as I thought. The worst thing was the shakes, near uncontrollable but I didn’t get anxiety.

    However….. the last 3 days I have been feeling very nervous and , y stomachs been dicky like before I went on them. I feel liklike I am in a position to fight and change this without medication. I have a good life good family good job and friends whereas 3 years ago I genuinly was in a bad spot which I think lead to the severity of me requiring drugs to help.

    My anxiety is social mixed with travel. Long journeys new locations or public events trigger off anxious behaviour. I can get snappy, headaches and stomach ache. The stomach ache being the most debilitating one of all.

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