What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.

We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time. It’s common to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful event or decision you’re facing – especially if it could have a big impact on your life. For example:

– sitting an exam.
– going into hospital.
– attending an interview.
– starting a new job.
– moving away from home.
– having a baby.
– being diagnosed with an illness.
– deciding to get married or divorced.

In situations like these it’s understandable to have worries about how you will perform, or what the outcome will be. For a short time you might even find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate. Then usually, after a short while or when the situation has passed, the feelings of worry stop.

Download the Mind brochure on how to deal with anxiety.

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Talk to someone

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis you can get help by;

  • Contacting your GP or Care Co-ordinator
  • Telephone the Access Team on 01724 382015

In an emergency you can call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency.

You can get non-emergency advice from the NHS by calling 111 and support is available from Samaritans by calling 116 123.

121 and meetings are available at our centre. Please call 01724 279 500 to arrange centre support. We are here to help.

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