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Anxiety affects all of us at some time or other, but in extreme cases it can be an intolerable burden. In these cases, it can be almost paralysing, sometimes occurring in conjunction with mood swings, and often linked to deteriorating personal relationships or fears concerning health or lifestyle issues.

Those suffering from anxiety attacks can show a lack of interest in what was once important to them. They can withdraw from relationships and social activities, lacking confidence, often becoming depressed along with an inability to concentrate.

While clients often recognise their state of anxiety, they are usually unclear as to its cause. This is where a professional can assist in helping to guide the client through their personal history and get to the root of their anxiety, which in many cases can be founded on long held beliefs, often going back as far as early childhood.


Physical symptoms include hot flashes, chest pain, sudden tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, problems digesting and nausea.

Panic attacks are not experienced by every anxiety sufferer but they are a common symptom and usually come without warning. Although the fear is generally irrational, the perceived danger feels very real. A person experiencing a panic attack will often feel as if he or she is about to die or pass out.

Emotional symptoms of anxiety include a fear or the need to avoid certain stressful situations or social situations due to fear of embarrassment. There may be considerable confusion and irritability when the anxiety is taking place.