How Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks can affect you – the signs and symptoms.

Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks & PTSD

The following statements may help you to identify if and how anxiety may be affecting you. If these statements resonate with you then talking to a counsellor is the most effective treatment and direction you can take.

• I’m short of breath
• My concentration is off
• I worry obsessively
• Constant headaches, tension
• I’m tired all day
• & I’m wide awake at night
• I’m irritable and impatient
• Everything is ‘worst possible case’
• I feel a wave of panic

• I don’t know when it will strike
• I’m afraid to leave the house
• I can’t breath, I can’t hear
• I’m short tempered
• Everything is negative

How I can help

How can counselling & psychotherapy help with Anxiety, Panic attacks, Feeling Overwhelmed or Helpless, Coping with change and unforeseen challenges, Phobias, Fear of Losing Control?

While in counselling you and I will explore new, safe and creative alternatives to the challenges, thought processes and management of the symptoms to help you cope with your anxiety.

Continue reading for more information on the Outcomes of Counselling for Anxiety.

Understanding Anxiety.

Anxiety can manifest in the body and in the mind. Most people experience anxiety at various points in their life and at varied levels of severity. Some people experience anxiety for short periods of time (like a panic attack) or for longer periods of time (like a sense of unease or worry that lasts for days or weeks). Often the symptoms develop slowly. How these symptoms are experienced varies from person to person.

Ask Yourself –

How does Anxiety affect you? Anxiety Physical – ask yourself

• I’m short of breath

• My heart is pounding

• I feel a bit drowsy, overtired

• I have headaches, tension

• I’m tired all day and awake half the night

• My legs shake if I leave the house

• Mornings are a ‘slow start’

• My body aches, I feel sore all over

• I’ve diarrhoea or constipation

• Menstrual cycle is different

• Constant nausea, hungry or full

• The main sensation is fear

• I feel dizzy, I’m going to faint

• Unnerving sense of panic

Anxiety Psychological – ask yourself

• I worry about everything

• I can’t stop thinking about it

• Lately I feel restless, I can’t sit still

• I can’t concentration or focus

• It feels like the worst possible case

• I can’t get to the point

• I lose my train of thought

• I’m irritable and impatient

• Something really bad will happen

• I feel like I am trapped

• I feel paranoid

• Work is really stressing me out

• I can’t face being in a crowd

• I can’t make a decision

Outcomes of Counselling for Anxiety.


• Understand the underlying causes and origins of the anxiety

• Safely confront convincing, false or exaggerated beliefs

• CBT techniques help to identify thinking patterns and beliefs which trigger anxiety

• CBT techniques can help to break the immediate cycle before exploring more complex underlying problems

• Discover practical steps to support you through anxiety-triggering challenges

• Reduce symptoms through practical bodywork exercises (e.g. breathing exercises)

• Move out of internalized worrying by exploring the reality of the present situations

• Find meaningful ways to cope and manage the anxiety & panic attacks

• Relaxation & mindfulness techniques