Thomas McCarthy Counselling Waterford Ireland

Anxiety and Panic Attacks Therapy / Counselling

Anxiety is a response to a perceived threat or danger – it can create feelings of fear, worry uneasiness and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to stress and when it becomes excessive it may fall under the classification of anxiety disorder

Physical effects of anxiety may include heart palpitations, muscle weakness, and tension, fatigue, nausea, chest pains, and shortness of breath, stomach aches and headaches.

Anxiety also has emotional affects, such as feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, and anticipating the worst. Irritability, restlessness, “watching and waiting” for signs of danger, feeling like your mind is going blank as well as nightmares/bad dreams

A person who has anxiety may also experience a sense of dread or panic.  Panic attacks usually come without warning and although the fear is generally irrational – the perception of danger is very real.  A person experiencing a panic attack will often feel they are going to die or pass out.  Panic is a reaction to something – not the cause – it is the end result not the cause.  When you know what the trigger is you can learn to react differently to them.