Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear which, when persistent and impacting on daily life may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which is one common type of anxiety disorder, is estimated to impact 5.9% of adults.

Symptoms of anxiety include changes in thoughts and behaviour such as: 

Restlessnes 

A feeling of dread 

A feeling of being “on-edge” 

Difficulty concentrating 

Difficulty sleeping 

Irritability

 

It can also involve physical feelings such as dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations (a noticeably strong, fast heartbeat), sweating, shortness of breath, headache, or dry mouth.

Common causes Anxiety is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

• Stress that can result from work, school, personal relationship

• Emotional trauma • Financial concerns

• Stress caused by a chronic or serious medical condition

• A major event or performance

• Side effect of certain medications

• Alcohol consumption, drugs such as cocaine

• Lack of oxygen

 

Self-treatment:

Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

• Exercise daily • Maintain a positive attitude

• Get enough sleep • Learn what triggers anxiety and alleviating it

• Eat well- balanced diets

• Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga

• Stop smoking and consumption of caffeinated drinks

 

Contact me for an assessment

• The anxiety is interfering with daily tasks

• It after a previous history of anxiety

• The anxiety is accompanied by insomnia

• Depression is evident

 

Contact me immediately

• Suicidal thoughts

• That you are having a panic attack