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Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

Signs and Symptoms of anxiety typically involves fearing something bad happening and the worst case scenario. "What if.....I make a mistake in front of someone and they all laugh at me?" "What if 'a loved one' has an accident and dies a horrible death?" A dread of something bad that hasn’t happened and might never happen. Often anxiety sufferers fear having an anxiety attack in front of others and this locks them into a cycle of fearing the symptoms hijacking their best intentions. Anxiety frequently becomes a pattern of imagining worst case scenarios. Feeling a dread that can twist your stomach into knots days before. Other common signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge.

  • Feeling dread.

  • Being easily fatigued.

  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank.

  • Restricted and shallow breathing.

  • Light headedness and feeling faint.

  • Feeling sick.

  • Being irritable.

  • Having muscle tension.

  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry.

  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep.

To diagnose an anxiety disorder, a doctor performs a physical exam, asks about your symptoms, and recommends a blood test, which helps the doctor determine if another condition may be causing your symptoms.

Treatment for Anxiety in the UK

Having ruled out a medical condition, there’s a lot you can do to relieve anxiety, from changing patterns of thinking and feeling that feed anxiety to coping techniques that get you through a difficult day. Using calming techniques such as yoga, massage and aromatherapy can all increase your overall wellbeing. EMDR Therapy, NLP-Hypnotherapy and EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) can all help to change anxiety patterns. The doctor may prescribe medication and cognitive behavioural therapy.

The moment anxiety triggers a panic attack, you should not delay treatment because each panic attack becomes a cumulative trigger for panic and anxiety attacks. You can totally be free from panic attacks and gain huge value from receiving an assessment from an experienced anxiety disorder therapist.

Suzi Tyler has 20+ years experience with panic attack anxiety disorders, and uses expertise to give a deeply personalised approach. Suzi mostly works via Video, but you can also see Suzi in person at her seaside practice in Kent (Birchington-on-Sea) and at Witherdenshall Holistic Retreat in Wingham, Kent.

Get in touch with for your free assessment.


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