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Worry and rumination
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a worry about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness. These fears and symptoms can often lead to a reduction in day to day functioning.
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly have sudden attacks of panic or fear. The symptoms can be very overwhelming and frightening, often coming out of the blue. These can include; shaking, racing heart, breathlessness, dizziness and a feeling of nausea.
Due to the fear of the symptoms occurring people often become very avoidant.
It is normal and natural to worry, but for some people worrying can take over their lives. They can find it difficult to switch off and be consumed by anxiety, making day to day tasks difficult to manage. Worry can impact all areas of your life, including your sleep and appetite
Obsessive Compulsive disorder is defined by having unwanted intrusive thoughts which you may feel compelled to respond to.
An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease.
A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.
Depression affects people in different ways. These include feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Disturbed sleep and changes in appetite, and wanting to withdraw from family and friends. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.
The symptoms of depression range from mild to severe. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while severe depression can make you feel suicidal, that life is no longer worth living.
Adjusting to big life changes such as a bereavement or illness can take time, sometimes this can happen naturally by itself and sometimes the process can get stuck and start to lead to bigger to other difficulties. Having counselling can help you to process the change and move forward.