Anxiety is a general term used for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. We all become anxious from time to time. Anxiety can be a passing emotion attached to life circumstances or situations such as exams, public speaking, tests, work pressures, presentations etc. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal.
Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life. There are several types of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalised anxiety disorder.
Anxiety affects our whole being and can be exhausting and debilitating. Physical symptoms of anxiety can include, tense muscles, trembling, churning stomach, nausea, diarrhoea, headache, backache, heart palpitations, numbness or "pins and needles" in arms, hands or legs, sweating/flushing
Counselling can help you become more aware of what triggers your anxiety and teach you coping mechanisms to deal with both physical and emotional distress caused by anxiety.