Anxiety - What can help?
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Lorraine Balfe MA MBACP (Accred.) UKRCP Reg.Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist
4th May, 2011
Anxiety symptoms can take over a person's life and cause a person to become a prisoner. Anxiety takes many forms, but in general, a person may experience muscle tension, fatigue, shallow breathing, shortness of breath, light-headedness, dizziness and palpatations, nausea, diarrhoea, sleep disturbance, poor concentration and hypervigilance. Irrational fears persist and can develop into obsessive-compulsive behaviour patterns which the person uses to reduce the anxiety but in turn, causes the person to be trapped in a cycle of anxiety behaviours.
The person can also be depressed due to the restrictions that they feel under and so each day is a struggle and living in fear persists.
What can help?
Your GP can prescribe anti-anxiety medication and therapy in order to help you understand and take control of your life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy or Psychotherapy/Counselling can help.
About the author
Lorraine Balfe works in private practice in central Stockport.
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