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Anxiety is a feeling of being ill at ease, fearful and worrying about lots of things. This can be severe or mild. Everyone has these feelings sometimes, for example, when going to a job interview or sitting a test.

This is perfectly normal and helpful as it can make us motivated and helps us to concentrate. However, sometimes, if the worry and restless feelings persist and start to affect your sleep and concentration, and give you physical symptoms such as dizziness and/or palpitations, you may have Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

“Worrying about stuff has robbed me of a lot of years. Learning to meditate has helped me calm my head down.”

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  • What is it?
  • Common Symptoms
  • How Let's Talk can help
GAD is a very common condition that makes you feel anxious about lots of issues, rather than one specific event, most of the time.

As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue. You will feel anxious most days and rarely feel relaxed. GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, often leading you to avoid other people and maybe take time off work. This can make you feel even worse as you then worry more and increase the sense of dread. Persistent anxiety can also lead us to feel low and depressed as life becomes very frightening.

Other symptoms described by people with GAD are as follows:

  • worrying excessively
  • restlessness and a sense of dread
  • feeling constantly “on edge”
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle aches and tension
  • trembling or shaking
  • dry mouth
  • excessive sweating
  • stomach ache/ feeling sick
  • pins and needles
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • tiredness

At Let’s Talk we will assess your needs and offer you the appropriate treatment to help you to get back on track. The help we offer may include self-help,  attending a course, individual guided self-help over the telephone or face-to-face therapy sessions. You may also be advised by your GP to consider anti-depressant medication.

Psychological help will aim at helping you face your fears and learn to live life in a more peaceful accepting way. Techniques will work with you to manage your worrying thoughts, help you to quieten your mind and relax your body.

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Further reading and resources – General Anxiety

Further reading and resources

  • Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
    Mark Freeston (2nd Edition, 2015)
  • Overcoming Anxiety:
    A Self Help Guide using
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    Helen Kennerley (2014)
  • Mind over Mood:
    Change how you feel by changing the way you think

    Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky (2nd Edition, 2015)
  • Overcoming Low Self Esteem:
    A Self Help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

    Melanie Fennell (2nd Edition, 2016)
  • Mindfulness, A Practical Guide:
    Finding Peace in a Frantic World

    Mark Williams and Danny Penman (2011)
  • The Reading Agency