Anxiety affects about 18% of the population at any one time, causing them to be filled with dread, fearfulness, and uncertainty.  Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. 


Many people feel anxious or nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking an examination, speaking in public, or making an important decision.  Anxiety disorders are different.  They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.


Many people believe they are 'just worriers' when the underlying problem is an anxiety that can be helped.


There are many different sorts of anxiety.

Recognised types of anxiety include:
  • Panic Disorder: People with this condition feel terror that strikes suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Click on Panic Attacks for more information.

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: People with OCD are plagued by constant thoughts and fears that cause them to perform rituals or routines - compulsions. They also have disturbing thoughts termed obsessions. One example is people who fear germs or contamination who constantly wash their hands.

  • Post-tramatic stress disorder (PTSD): This is a condition that can develop after a traumatic and terrifying event. Click on Trauma for more information.

  • Social Anxiety: This is often called social phobia. It involves overwhelming worry and self-consiousness about everyday social situations.  There is often a huge worry about being judged by others, or being embarrassed or ridiculed.

  • Specific phobias: This is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as spiders, heights, or flying. The level of fear is inappropriate to the situation and causes people to avoid ordinary, everyday situations.

  • Generalised anxiety disorder: This involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.  It pervades everything in life.

What do I do next if I have Anxiety?
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