What is anxiety?
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, having a medical test or going for a job interview. Feeling anxious in response to such situations is not unusual. However, if you find it hard to control your worries, if your feelings of anxiety are almost always with you and affect your daily life then you might have an anxiety disorder.
In this short film, produced by the NHS, a psychiatrist discusses the symptoms of anxiety, why it becomes a problem for some people, and the psychological and drug treatments for it.
Anxiety itself can be the main symptom of several other conditions, including phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Information about these conditions can be found in other parts of the Can we help section. The information in this section focuses on a specific condition called generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
If you feel many or all of the following you might have GAD:-
- Anxiety almost every day, without a specific event triggering it
- That you struggle to remember the last time you felt properly relaxed
- Worries constantly running through your head, repeating and repeating seemingly endlessly
- Feelings of restless and/or tension most of the time but can’t work out why
- Trouble concentrating
- General feeling of unease or even dread
- Difficulty sleeping through the night
Who can help?
GAD can be exhausting and potentially incapacitating, stopping you doing a lot of the things you would otherwise do, stopping you having a fulfilling life. Like other mental health issues, often people can’t bring themselves to talk about. Many people have no idea where or who to turn to and that’s when the Tuke Centre can help.
We offer a range of approaches to help you to reduce your anxiety. Our Therapies section takes you through all of the different therapies we can offer that might work for you. To help you decide which approach would suit you best we offer an in-depth assessment. The section Information for individuals on this website explains the process.
If you feel too anxious to come to the Tuke Centre for your appointments we do offer alternatives, including video therapy via VSEE. For more information about this have a look at our Therapies section.
There are other sources of help you could access and a range of links to local and national organisations are provided to the right of this page. In addition, if you think you have GAD then you might consider approaching your GP in the first instance.If your GP feels that you would benefit from a psychiatry assessment then they can send a referral letter to us and we can book you an appointment with one of our psychiatrists, Dr Thomas Elanjithara or Dr Gill Smith.
There is also a range of things you can do yourself to help reduce your anxiety. The links to the right of this page point you towards some ideas about self help strategies and courses you might be able to access.
If you get some help then you are likely to find ways to control your anxiety, but you might have to be patient. If you have had GAD for a long time you might need to get help over a long period – we can help with this.
There are a range of resources available to help you with your anxiety. The resources here are not exhaustive and you might find many more useful resources by searching on the internet. However, the links provided here point you towards a range of resources that you might find helpful.