Anxiety and Panic
At the Midlands Counselling Clinic, we can help you overcome the constant anxiety and worry in your life.
We all experience times in our life when we feel anxious. This is normal. These times include preparing for exams or an interview, meeting our new partner’s friends and family for the first time, waiting for the results of medical tests, making a wedding speech or making a business presentation. This is known as healthy anxiety and experiencing it shows that at these times we care about doing our best or being our best.
However, if your anxieties and worries become excessive, uncontrollable and unhealthy, and are affecting your daily life or causing you distress, counselling and psychotherapy can help.
Signs of an Unhealthy General Anxiety and Worry
The severity of general anxiety and panic symptoms will vary from person to person. You may find yourself regularly experiencing some or many of the following:
• Worrying about things with a debilitating sense of dread.
• Having negative thoughts suggesting how things could go wrong.
• Imagining the worst possible scenarios and outcomes.
• Feeling like you’re in danger, and always on the lookout for danger.
• Feeling on edge and irritable with family, friends and work colleagues.
• Unable to relax and enjoy the moment.
• Unable to sleep, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
• Unable to concentrate or to think rationally.
• Feeling depressed and losing interest in things you used to enjoy.
• Experience physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, chest pain or palpitations, body sweats, tingling hands or trembling legs, dry mouth, fast and shallow breathing, tensing of muscles and nauseous stomach.
• Trying to cope by using behaviours such as avoiding people or places, Googling looking for answers to your distress, smoking or drinking more.
• Taking time off work or college
How Can You Benefit from Anxiety Counselling?
Anxiety disorder is a treatable condition. At the Midlands Counselling Clinic, we have helped many people from all walks of life to manage or overcome their anxiety and panic disorders completely.
We will help you to increase your awareness and understanding of your problems, the conditions that trigger your anxiety, and your associated negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours that you use to feed and maintain you cycle of anxiety.
Awareness is the first step in learning to manage your anxiety. We will introduce you to new skills such as mindful breathing techniques and muscle relaxation aimed at directly reducing the onset of the physical symptoms of the condition. We will use effective treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychotherapy to give you the life skills to manage and control your anxiety and worry. Counselling for anxiety can help you to move forward in life, without being restricted by fear and dread, and to restore your life to happiness.