Stress, Anxiety & Panic Attacks

The symptoms of stress, anxiety and panic range from slightly disruptive to completely terrifying and can have a detrimental impact on our lives. We work together to explore and remove the symptoms enabling you to take back control of your life.

Broadly speaking stress is a response to something that is happening right now in our lives situation that requires some kind of physical, mental or emotional response. This could be a situation at work or relationship issue. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, unease and worry often related to situations that we see as outside of our control or unavoidable–often something in the future.Anxiety can sometimes build up into panic attacks.These are sudden intense feelings of fear or apprehension even though there is no actual danger. Symptoms can include shortness of breath or hyperventilation, heart palpitations or racing heart, chest discomfort, trembling, choking sensations, feeling disorientated or light-headed, sweating, nausea or upset stomach, fear of losing control, feelings of dying or slipping out of consciousness or a strong urge to escape from the situation as quickly as possible .Whilst not physically harmful they are enormously unpleasant and additional attacks can be triggered by the emotional memory of a previous one.All three can relentlessly affect our well being and daily lives.

Anxiety is natural function that alerts us to potential threats allowing us to evaluate and respond to them in appropriate ways. Humans have an in-built survival mechanism known as the ‘fight or flight’ response.Technically, a physiological state should activate in response to perceived threat and quickly subside once action is taken to protect and survive.The survival response can include tense muscles, soaring blood pressure, racing heart, shallow and rapid breathing, perspiration and trembling. This is controlled by the primitive part of the brain and can get stuck in chronic activation from perceived stressors.It may be a bullying boss,worries about whether you will be able to pay your bills this month or family demands. When the stress becomes chronic and we remain in this sympathetic arousal for extended periods, we use more oxygen and nutrients, secrete more stress hormones, inhibit other functions such as digestion, sleep and the immune response sending a physiological message that we are fighting for our lives. This is very taxing on the body and we pay the price in wear and tear on our bodies. The good news is that we can teach our mind and body to have a healthier response to threat and return our bodies to a balanced state.