It is perfectly understandable to feel anxious at times. For example, going for a job interview or going to the dentist. It is also understandable to feel anxious if things have happened to you that have made you fearful or worried. Anxiety can be a problem when: you have it much of the time; it is becoming unmanageable; and it comes up unexpectedly.
Sometimes anxiety problems are experienced in a specific way and might be described as a particular anxiety condition.
Two of the most commonly labelled anxiety conditions are:
For some people, anxiety problems mean that they feel tense and anxious most of the time. People who experience this type of anxiety find it impossible to relax. They describe experiencing changes:
Panic is a sudden sensation of fear.
It is very normal to feel panicky in some situations.
A panic attack is a bit like ‘normal panic’ but the feelings come on suddenly, are not related to frightening situations and can be a lot stronger. People often feel that something terrible is about to happen and have physical sensations, such as breathlessness and their heart racing.
There are many things that can help with feelings of anxiety and panic attacks. See the resources below. It can also help to look after your general health and well-being - Wellbeing and Lifestlye
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Support and advice for people experiencing panic, anxiety, phobias and obsessive compulsive problems.
Articles and resources to help you manage anxiety and panic.
NHS Choices Apps - Anxiety apps from the NHS library
Understanding Anxiety (large print)
A Guide to relaxation
A Guide to relaxation (large print)
Dealing with Worry
Dealing with worry (large print)
Panic: A Self Help Guide
Steps for Stress
Generalised Anxiety and Panic
Books that can help
Tools that can help change your thinking