"Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful" - Joshua J. Marine

Anxiety is a general state of fear or dread. While we all experience anxiety occasionally, in view of the sometimes hectic pace of our lives and the day to day frustrations of traffic, work, family and bills etc, this is considered a normal form of anxiety, the effects of which are usually short-lived.

However, for some people these frustrations or concerns can become overwhelming and result in a disproportionate feeling of intense and persistent dread. This can have an enormous effect on the the individual and their quality of life. The effects can also have an enormous impact on their family and relationships.

When someone suffers from anxiety they experience fear or dread beyond a normal reaction to the daily stresses we encounter – the worry is out of proportion to the original situation faced by them. Anxiety is a very subjective experience with each sufferer experiencing the fear or “danger” in a very unique way. We feel the threat and fear based on our unique perception of the event and our perspective is based on our unique background, with our own needs, desires, self-concept, resources, knowledge, skills, personality traits and maturity.

Anxiety can produce many effects – physical, psychological and behavioural.

When the level of anxiety is very intense it can result in panic attacks.

If anxiety is impacting on your quality of life and your relationship with family and friends to a significant degree then get help. Counselling can help explore where the anxiety is coming from and what the triggers are for you, and can also explore healthy ways of coping with anxiety and reducing its effects.