Anxiety can present itself at any life stage to people from all different walks of life. Many of us who encounter anxiety can experience more than one type or condition.
At its core, feeling anxious is our body’s instinctive way of keeping us safe from danger, and there are scenarios and situations where anxious feelings would be typical, such as taking an exam or starting a new job. However, once anxiety begins to negatively affect our day-to-day lives, it’s important to seek help to identify symptoms and learn effective coping mechanisms.
Signs that anxiety may be taking its toll on your quality of life can include intense feelings of worry or distress, feeling that these emotions are out of your control, a sense of being detached from your body, catastrophizing (thoughts like “everything is going to go wrong” or “I might die”), feeling tense, on edge, nervous, scared, panicky, irritable or agitated, or nauseous. It is also common for anxiety to present alongside another disorder, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Types of anxiety we can help you work through include:
- Separation anxiety
- Panic attacks and panic disorder
- Health anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety (worries)
- Fear of public speaking
- Obsessions & compulsions (OCD)
- Social anxiety
- Trichotillomania and nail/skin picking