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Don’t Avoid The Problem

by Dr Emma Gray - 23rd March, 2015
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 cave and hide. It is so tempting to close our eyes and hope that the problem will go away on it’s own. However, this is rarely the case, problems generally […]...

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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 and expected helplessness in the face of it leads our brains to identify a risk which triggers our body’s response to danger, i.e. anxiety or fear. Predicted negative outcomes can […]...

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How To Stop a Panic Attack

by Dr Emma Gray - 29th September, 2014
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 symptom that indicates the start of a panic attack which they fear will result in them either fainting, going mad/losing their mind or embarrassing themselves. Use the following information to […]...

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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 to jolly them along with not only serve to exacerbate their anxiety but will undermine their self esteem and as low self esteem underpins most mental health problems, responding to […]...

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