The London Anxiety Clinic

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What is anxiety?

Many people seek help for anxiety and anxiety is a normal response, it allows us to be able to deal with real situations appropriately and is something that everyone experiences at different times and with varying intensity. So anxiety is helpful when you can react to situations effectively and the anxiety symptoms are only temporary and occasional. Anxiety becomes unhelpful when everyday or specific situations that are not a danger are evaluated consciously or subconsciously as a threat. This can lead to feelings of worry, nervousness and unease and you may know or may not know the reasons for feeling this way, this is called Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

In addition there are many conditions where anxiety is the main symptom, sometimes focussed around a specific event and anxiety has been classed into a number of categories. For example, fears/phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd),obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) body dysmorphic disorder and panic disorder.

From historical knowledge, continual research and diagnosis, anxiety has been developed into various categories and anxiety disorders. Below are a number of these variations, hovering over the title or clicking on them will provide further information for you. In addition to the right there is a running list of the main types of anxiety symptoms that can be experienced and at varying degrees.

Main Types of anxiety

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

Help for general anxiety, London anxiety clinic

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) can be described as persistent feelings of worry, or anxiousness and not knowing why or the specific reasons for having these particular feelings.

GAD can feel like a constant state of dread and with little respite from the anxious state relaxation can feel almost impossible. Some clients describe this as a nagging feeling that something is just not right. This is combined with excessive worry, not necessarily about anything specific. The anxiety itself can feel free floating. The ability to relax appears challenging and stress can occur quickly, with no significant tolerance to deal with it.

This constant anxious state can be experienced for months and even years, and can be disruptive to relationships and employment, as the symptoms can be distracting from normal daily activities and enjoyment in life.

However, with the appropriate treatment, you do not need to suffer this general feeling of anxiety. Telling ourselves , or even some one else telling us to relax is not enough to calm the system.

Generalised anxiety needs more than just a change of thought or belief to reduce the unwanted anxiety. Particular areas of the brain and nervous system are not communicating as effectively and resourcefully together, as they can be.

Below Mike has pulled together a collection of the types of treatments and what he may include when working with generalised anxiety.

Treatment for generalised anxiety at the London anxiety clinic can include:

Strategies on how to use the physical body - physiology, the nervous system, the science of breath to use the body to communicate back to the brain to develop the calm response and rest phase, is an important aspect of treating generalised anxiety.This includes techniques from biology and neuroscience and the strategies are based upon fact and evidenced based practice.

Cognitive behavioural therapy - can use useful for generalised anxiety, especially when working with particular thinking styles, intrusive memories, or anticipatory thoughts about the future.

Mindfulness, can assist is developing the tools for observing thoughts and gaining psychological distance and flexibility with the many aspects of thought, associations and judgements.

EMDR, can be used to reduce un wanted anxiety symptoms.

Nutrition -Optimising what is consumed to support the mind and body will have a beneficial affect to the human body. Food can also be the medicine. MIke will provide an illustration of the role of nutrition and how this interacts with the mind and body.

Psychological symptoms of generalised anxiety;

  • Feeling ‘wired or on edge
  • Worrying thoughts that something is about to happen
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate
  • Physical symptoms
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Palpitations
  • Trembling
  • Shaking
  • Calmness/excessive sweating
  • Nauseous
  • Stomach cramps/aches
  • Dry Mouth.

For more information about the treatment for anxiety in London at our anxiety clinic , please see the treatments page.

It could be from reading all this information and the signs and symptoms of anxiety that you are aware of particular tendancies. it is also OK if you are not aware of any patterns forming and are just aware of any disturbing or disruptive experiences.

In either case if you are experiencing any of the above or are worried about your psychological health and personal safety, please always consult with with GP first. For help for anxiety, contact the London Anxiety Clinic in central London for a complimentary 30 minute telephone consultation.

There also also a number of support lines available :

NHS Emergences for urgent help and attention. Call the emergency number of 999. An operator will answer.

For non urgent enquiries, or advice and health, the NHS out of hours service can be called on 111.

For people that are experiencing severe distress, or suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans operate a confidential helpline 24 hours each day. They can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90.


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