Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, which can be perfectly normal, however, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can be accompanied by acute physical signs such as sleeplessness, rapid heartbeat, palpitations and dizziness. Therapy can help you with anxiety, panic attacks and phobias by giving you ways of dealing with situations as they occur and exploring the cause of your feelings.
With social anxiety disorder you might be experiencing an intense feeling of anxiety when socialising with others that can lead to deep feelings of embarrassment. Fearful of being judged by others, you might then withdraw into a shell of isolation and avoidance behaviors, which can feel paralysing. Therapy can support you to find ways to manage your anxiety and to help you interact more effectively in social settings.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after being involved in or witnessing something traumatic. The condition was first seen in war veterans and has been given various names, such as shell shock. With PTSD, a person may find themselves reliving the event through nightmares and flashbacks, or they may have problems concentrating and sleeping, and feel isolated and detached.
Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression can be a devastating illness that affects your body, mood, behaviour and thoughts. Working with a therapist can help to reduce the symptoms of depression as well as making supportive lifestyle changes that can improve your emotional health and well-being.
Emotional distress can cover many different kinds of unhappiness. For example it might be a deep and lasting sense of fear or depression; it might be a wish to harm yourself, a puzzling and disturbing anxiety or a sense of being unbearably alone. Sometimes simply sitting down with someone who can help you put your feelings into perspective can be beneficial, giving you a confidential, safe and regular place to to think and talk about difficult experiences and feelings.
Feeling suicidal is a common occurrence and can happen to any one of us – often when life feels “too much”. You may not truly wish to die, but you may need help at that moment. Therapists can help with suicidal ideations and can listen to what you want to talk about. If you are feeling suicidal they will help you to determine what is causing you to feel this way and work with you to try and come up with coping mechanisms and skills that can help you.