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Anxiety, Phobias & OCD

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Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health problems in the world, yet it is still under-reported, under diagnosed and under-treated. On occasions we all experience worries, fears and uncertainty accompanied by uncomfortable physical feelings in our bodies and this is commonly known as Anxiety. A little anxiety is considered to be natural in circumstances such as in the lead up to an exam, or when speaking at a public event, however when it impedes on our ability to carry out our daily activities it can become a severe mental illness. Anxiety is the main symptom of many conditions including phobias, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. Some would say a little bit of anxiety can be helpful as it heightens our responses and reactions but when anxiety becomes excessive and is experienced as a result of unrealistic fears or worries it becomes harmful to our mental health and wellbeing. It takes time, effort and sometimes huge bravery to confront and challenge anxiety and it involves dispensing with long held views and perceived certainties. Replacing these with a new more flexible approach and embracing the many uncertainties that we encounter in life is the key to managing anxiety. The good news is that this is possible. Why not speak to one of our counsellors to find out how counselling could help you explore the causes of your anxiety and help you learn the skills and techniques to manage it?

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