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4 Facts About Anxiety

by Dr Emma Gray - 10th July, 2014
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 the cause of 40% of disability worldwide. Anxiety problems may include panic attacks, generalised anxiety or worry, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety. […]...

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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 as people interpret them as meaning that there is really something wrong. Simply by slowing down your breath (e.g. by counting slowing to 4 on the inhale and to 4 […]...

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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 in turns triggers a number of physical responses by the body designed to facilitate one of the survival actions (Fight, Flight or Freezing). One of these physical responses is a […]...

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Hiding From Anxiety

by Dr Emma Gray - 4th February, 2014

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 Dr Gray Replies…….. Dear Lucy, One of the most common ways of dealing with anxiety is to avoid the source of the anxiety, we have evolved to respond in this […]...

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