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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. It is a normal response to situation that we see as threatening to us. For example, if we had to go into hospital for an operation or had to sit a driving test, or take an exam it would be natural to feel anxious.

Anxiety at certain levels can even be helpful in some situations such as when we need to perform well or cope with an emergency.

Some anxiety is not at all helpful because:

  • Symptoms of anxiety, whilst not dangerous can be uncomfortable
  • Symptoms can be frightening, particularly if someone does not know these symptoms are just a sign of anxiety.
  • Sometimes people with anxiety symptoms worry that they may have something seriously wrong with them. This worry can then produce more anxiety symptoms which will of course increases the worry
  • When anxiety is severe it can stop people doing what they want to do.
  • If anxiety goes on for a long time it can sometimes make physical problems worse eg, high blood pressure

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