What is anxiety?
While everyone feels anxious from time to time, some people experience these feelings so often and/or so strongly that it can affect their everyday lives. Often people confuse anxiety disorders with stress. Stress is a normal reaction to a situation where a person feels under pressure. For example, it’s common for people to feel stressed or uptight when meeting work deadlines, sitting exams or speaking in front of a group of people. However, for some people these feelings are ongoing, and sometimes become so strong that, to manage them, we stop doing the things that were once very important to us.
While anxiety can be a debilitating experience there is really good news those who struggle with it. The evidence is clear that, by understanding anxiety and how it is trying to protect us, and by learning the skills and strategies to change our response to it, we can begin to claim our life back and do the things that are important to us. With help, people find that they can tackle their anxiety and discover ways to work with it and through it. Once they are on the road to change, people often describe finding a freedom that allows them to be much more like the person they want to be.