From Anxiety

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotional response in the body which can create feelings of tension, worrying thoughts and physical symptoms such as high blood pressure. Anxiety can be triggered by many normal life events such as break-ups, arguments, work stresses or exam pressures. However anxiety can become a problem when feelings persist or they are triggered by events that would not normally cause stress or anxiety.  

How Anxiety Affects You

Physical effects of anxiety

  • Dry mouth and/or difficulty swallowing
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty getting to and staying asleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Muscle tension and headaches
  • Rapid heart rate and breathing
  • Sweating or trembling
  • Diarrhoea
  • A flare-up of another health problem or illness (for example, dermatitis, asthma)
  • Sexual problems, such as not having any sexual feelings or no interest in sex

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Some common ways anxiety can affect your behaviour and feelings

  • Irritability or always being in a bad mood
  • Having a strong urge to avoid situations that could trigger your anxiety
  • Worry or always feeling that something bad is about to happen
  • Asking a lot of needless questions and needing constant reassurance
  • Being a perfectionist
  • Being pessimistic and focusing on what may go wrong in any given situation