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Anxiety is not an illness
Whether it shows as Stress, Phobias or Panic Attacks, Anxiety is not a weakness nor is it something wrong with
It is a very natural, healthy and essential response, just at the wrong time. It is your body going into
overdrive to deal with danger.
It is only a problem when it is at an excessive level and in inappropriate situations.
Anxiety affects more people than you would imagine
Almost half of people believe they are more anxious today than they were 5 years ago and that it has stopped
them doing things
Almost 1 in 5 feel anxious all or a lot of the time.
Mixed Anxiety and Depression is the most common problem, reported by 1 in 10 people and Generalised
Anxiety Disorder accounts for 30% of mental health problems seen by GPs.
Agoraphobia affects up to 1 in 8 people. And Phobias and OCD are more common than people think.
So you are not alone. But because people don’t talk about it, it may seem that way.
Anxiety makes you feel terrible
Anxiety has uncomfortable and often frightening symptoms -
We feel out of control. And often, because we can’t believe that such terrifying symptoms can just be down to
Anxiety, we are convinced that we must have a serious physical illness such as a heart problem and even in
extreme situations that we are going to die.
So often these feelings can seem illogical and part of our brain knows there is no need to be anxious, but we
feel powerless to stop it. So we can end up thinking we are weak and unable to control ourselves. We can
even fear we are going mad.
Anxiety is only likely to get worse the longer we leave it
What may begin as stress or mild anxiety can so easily grow and become Panic Attacks or other life-
It is very rare that anxiety will just go away or even remain at the same level if we don’t do anything about it.
It is likely to get more intense or affect more aspects of our life.
Another problem is that what may seem obvious coping strategies not only don’t work but usually make it
even worse. Avoidance of situations is common, a quarter of individuals turn to comfort eating and/or alcohol.
Anxiety can be resolved
Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks are always easier to resolve the earlier we take steps to deal with them.
And when we do it in ways that will Resolve Your Anxiety rather than just coping with the symptoms.