Definition of anxiety - Anxiety is a natural reaction to stressful situations and is felt by all people at certain points in their lives. In some cases it occurs without an apparent cause, but can also be linked to mental disorders such as depression or alcohol misuse.
Anxiety can manifest itself both physically and psychologically. Physical symptoms include stomach pain, a quick heart-rate, shortness of breath and a dry mouth. Irritability, anger or poor concentration are also symptomatic of the condition. If a person experiences some of these reactions without a recognisable cause, it may be due to an Anxiety Disorder. There are five main types of AD: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Phobia.
In extreme cases, an individual may experience sudden anxiety attacks, without warning. They can be very upsetting for the sufferer, and cause them to worry about where and when the next attack will take place. Some kind of anxiety treatment should be sought to help deal with these kinds of attacks. AD is one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK so there is plenty of help and support available in the form of anxiety counselling and organisations.
Find anxiety counselling in your area
First Steps To Freedom - 0845 120 2916
Their helpline is open from 10am to 2am and provides fact sheets and information such as audio tapes and books that may prove helpful to those suffering from anxiety related conditions.
No Panic - 0808 808 0545
A voluntary charity that provides help to those suffering from panic attacks, phobias and anxiety related issues. Their free-phone telephone service is available seven days a week, 10am - 10pm
Anxiety counselling and support
A registered charity that is intended for people coping with anxiety, phobias, OCD and other mental issues. The site contains practical help and information about anxiety treatment in the form of telephone numbers, self-help booklets and books.
A charity set up to provide help, support and information for people suffering from anxiety related problems that include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias and panic attacks. They provide information about anxiety counselling and offer a free helpline (See above)