Anxiety can be defined as the uncomfortable feeling we get when we are faced with difficult situations and can manifest itself in many different ways. Anxiety is commonly referred to by different names, most notably; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), specific phobias (such as fear of spiders, heights and the dark) and social anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal and necessary experience for everyone. Without anxiety we would not try to get ourselves out of a dangerous situation. Anxiety also keeps us motivated to study hard and stay focused on exams. But sometimes anxiety gets out of hand and we find ourselves becoming anxious in situations when it is not necessary. Anxiety is a problem when it interferes with the things you must do (work, school, college) and the activities you enjoy doing. For example, if you are very anxious that other people are thinking negatively about you, you might miss school or college, and try not to be around people so much.
There are lots of reasons why people experience anxiety, including bullying at school, arguments with friends, low confidence and low self-esteem, pressure around exam time, conflict at home and changes to your usual routine.
Research carried out in this field has focused on how to treat anxiety in young people. The evidence indicates that psychological therapy also known as ‘talking therapy’ is the best treatment solution for young people, rather than medication, although this may also be an option if talking therapy isn’t working as well as expected.
Therapy involves talking about your anxiety and how it impacts on your life. As a therapist, I ask questions about where you feel most anxious, how it feels in the body and what you do to make your anxiety go away. Together with my clients, we find new ways to help manage and understand anxiety so it doesn’t stop you living a full and happy life.
At Horizon Psychology Shrewsbury we offer specialist therapy to help you overcome your anxieties, if you have noticed the signs of anxiety in your loved ones or just want to find out more please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01743 612 032 or you can send us a message.