Everyone has feelings of anxiety some time in their life – You may feel anxious about a job interview or an exam. This is normal at times like this.
Sometimes you may find it difficult to control your worries. You might feel anxious a lot of the time, and find it is affecting the rest of your life.
Anxiety is the main symptom of:
- Panic disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- General Anxiety disorder (GAD)
People with GAD feel anxious most of the time, in a number of situations.
Symptoms of GAD include:
- Heart palpitations
- Feeling restless
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
Treatment for GAD
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for GAD.
CBT can help you to understand how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect each other. It can also help you to understand and challenge your negative and anxious thoughts. CBT can also help you recognise, and change what safety behaviours you might be putting in place, such as avoidance.