Some of the common symptoms of anxiety
Have you been feeling?
- on edge
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘I can’t cope’
- ‘I’m losing control’
- ‘What if…’
- ‘The worst is going to happen’
Have you noticed?
- you are unable to sit and relax
- snappy/irritable behaviour
- you are avoiding certain situations/people
- you are constantly worrying
- you are unable to concentrate
- your heart pounding in your chest
- a stomach-churning sensation
- you are sweating excessively
Possible causes of anxiety
- anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious
- learnt behaviour – you can learn to worry and be anxious; your childhood or life experiences may be the reason for this
- stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
- pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem-solve certain issues
- genetics – there is no known specific gene for anxiety, but there has been research that shows that anxiety may be hereditary; this may be through our genes or through learnt behaviour as a child
How common is anxiety?
- anxiety affects one 1 in 10 adults at some stage in their lifetime
- twice as many women as men are affected
- it commonly develops in one’s 20s and can also be found in older adults
- anxiety affects 4% of the population.