Category: Anxiety

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The 9 Challenges of January

If December is the ‘season to be jolly’, January is the season to be depressed. Hot on the heels of the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is the most emotionally and psychologically challenging. At The British CBT & Counselling Service requests for therapy triple in January with people feeling more depressed and anxious than at any other time. So why is this time of the year so difficult?

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Anxiety Therapy Course

The Therapy Course for Anxiety draws on techniques and strategies that research has proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety. In this blog I am going to show you a quick quiz to help you to self-diagnose anxiety so that you know for sure that this is the right course for you. Then we will make a start

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Driving Test Nerves

In this blog I am going to give you 3 tips to help you to manage your Driving Test Nerves so you can maximise your chances of passing your test. First it is important to remember that up to a certain point feeling nervous can be helpful when we are facing a challenge like a driving test. Nerves motivate us

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Panic Disorder and Panic Attack

What is Panic Disorder, What is a Panic Attack?

 Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks are often confused and the terms used interchangeably so in this blog I am going to explain the difference and help you to self-diagnose so you can get the help you need. A Panic Attack is a discrete episode of anxiety, the onset of which is sudden and the duration short usually between 3-5

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3 Tips to Cope with Anxiety

 3.6 % of the global population suffer from an anxiety disorder. However, it is a very treatable condition. Here are 3 of the most effective strategies to help you to reduce your anxiety. 1. Change Your Thoughts How we feel is determined by how we think. So, the anxiety that you feel is being generated by the way you

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Why Is Belle Dingle Hearing Voices?

In recent weeks Emmerdale’s Belle Dingle has seen a return of the distressing voices that we first saw her experiencing back in 2014. But what causes someone to hear voices in the first place? In this blog I explain what is meant by voice hearing and what you can do if it affects you or someone you know. Our thoughts

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Emetophobia – How can therapy help?

In a recent article from BBC News we learnt of a young woman’s fear of vomiting, also known as Emetophobia which affects thousands of people in the UK.  Emetophobes have a fear of vomiting, seeing others being sick, feeling nauseous or seeing vomitus – the phobia is often characterised by avoidance behaviours for example the sufferer may restrict their diet

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Account of a Panic Attack Victim

Every day since my first panic attack I face the same dread of having the next one. Will it be in public?, will it start to affect my working life?, will it ever stop?, can i really get the energy together to face the day. In addition to this I spend my life over worrying and over thinking about the

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Phobias

Do you have a phobia which is affecting your life and wish it could be different? Whilst some people learn to manage their phobias well, others are severely affected in their quality of life and daily functioning. A phobia is generally characterised by strong and intense levels of anxiety and fear. For some, the anxiety associated with a phobia can

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Techniques to manage worry

Next time you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself ‘what am I worrying about? Can I actually do anything about this?’ If the answer to this question is ‘yes’, try problem solving. Problem solving involves the following 6 steps: Step 1: Identify/Define Problem Try to state the problem as clearly as possible. Be objective and specific about the behaviour,

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Worsen Anxiety

Mindfulness Meditation is increasingly being incorporated into therapy programmes, in particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat a range of mental health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders and Sleep Problems. The benefits of Mindfulness are well documented, however in some cases, for example in those suffering with anxiety and panic, it can exacerbate

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Don’t Avoid The Problem

We all avoid things from time to time, unfamiliar or anxiety provoking things or just things that we would rather not deal with. Avoidance is an evolutionary response to perceived danger, it is one of the things we are preprogrammed to do if we feel uneasy or anxious; in the face of danger we run to the back of the

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How to Face the things you Fear

The first part of this blog looks at why we experience fear or anxiety in the face of certain challenges that have the potential to move our lives forward in a positive way. We fear things because we predict that something negative will happen and that we will not then have the resources to cope. This combination of anticipated disaster

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How to Stop a Panic Attack

The first part of this guide to stopping Panic Attacks focuses on reassuring yourself. 1. Reassure Yourself A panic attack is your body’s response to adrenalin that has been released because your mind has detected danger. So identify the danger and reassure yourself that you are safe. Usually the danger that people who have panic attacks detect is a physical

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How to Help Your Child Deal with Anxiety

1. Don’t Minimise Their Anxiety Anxiety is an evolutionary response to a perceived threat, therefore if your child is suffering from anxiety it is because they believe that they are at risk from harm, so even if you do not share this perception, you must take theirs seriously. Minimising how they feel, telling them not to ‘be silly’ or trying

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4 Facts about Anxiety

1. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 6 people in the NHS will experience some form of anxiety related problem in their life time and the most recent Psychiatric Morbidity Survey estimated that 3 million people in the UK suffer from anxiety as their primary problem. A recent World Health Organisation (WHO) study indicated that anxiety and depression is

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5 ways to cope with anxiety

How To Cope With Anxiety 1. Breath When we are anxious our breathing pattern changes from slow and deep (diaphragmatic breathing) to quick and shallow. As a result the Co2 and oxygen levels in our blood are pushes out of balanced resulting in a number of uncomfortable physical symptoms including dizziness/faintness, breathlessness and nausea. These symptoms exacerbate feelings of anxiety

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How to Reduce the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety is our body’s way of responding to a perceived threat and involves a very physical process designed by evolution to enable us to either fight the danger, run from it or hide from it. This is known as the Fight, Flight, Freeze Response. The Fight, Flight, Freeze response is powered by the release of adrenalin into our system which

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Hiding from anxiety

Dear Dr Gray, I have always been a worrier and avoided the things that scare me, like lifts, the underground, busy pubs. However, recently my list of thing that make me anxious and things that I avoid seems to be growing and I am reaching the point where I feel anxious most of the time. Please help. Lucy – Islington

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Anxious thoughts in public places – when to seek support and who can help.

Are you experiencing anxious thoughts in lifts, on trains, cinemas, supermarkets or other public places? Have you ever had to find an exit point because of these thoughts? Public places can be common trigger situations for anxious thoughts, however the level of distress which these thoughts cause can vary, from mild to severe distress. In severe cases the occurrence of

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Radio 4 Discusses Anxiety Problems

Anxiety, the often debilitating problem suffered by millions of people worldwide, was the topic under discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour this morning.  Highlighting the overwhelmingly distressing nature of the physical and psychological symptoms of this mental health problem the programme talked to Dr David Clarke, a Professor of Psychology and expert in the field of Anxiety and Cognitive

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Am I having a panic attack?

Dear Dr Gray, I am having these really unpleasant episodes where I feel suddenly incredibly anxious, breathless, dizzy and my heart races. They seem to occur without warning and I am starting to avoid going out alone because I am worried about fainting or collapsing in public. I am also having problems sleeping and have lost my appetite Susan (Clapham)

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The 3 Reasons Anxiety Won’t Resolve Itself

The 3 Reasons Anxiety Won’t Resolve Itself. Anxiety can be an extremely painful and distressing problem for the sufferer and with at least 1 in 6 people experiencing it in some form, it is more common than most people think. Anxiety comes in many different forms, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and even

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Eliminating Panic Attacks

A Panic Attack is an intense and terrifying experience that can leave the sufferer feeling overwhelmed and constantly fearful that it will happen again. Most people will experience a panic attack at some point in their lives usually during a period of high stress but only a number of these individuals then go on to develop panic disorder. Those vulnerable

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Panic Attacks? The Top 5 Reasons behind Stress

Stress is a part of life. It can manifest itself in different ways, depending on your situation. Knowing the key causes of stress and panic attacks may help you avoid some effects and be healthier. As one of the leading firms offering counselling in Clapham, we provide you the probable reasons behind your stress. Financial Problems Money is the number

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Majority of Heart Attack Victims Could Just Be Anxious

Research Suggests Large Numbers of People Suspected Of Having Heart Attacks Are Actually Suffering From Anxiety. A significant majority of patients presenting to Accident and Emergency departments with a suspected heart attack are in fact experiencing a severe attack of Anxiety.  A number of studies have found that among those attending emergency departments with a chief complaint of chest pain

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