We all tend to feel anxious from time to time. Many people feel anxious because they have a job interview or they have an exam coming up. It’s normal to feel anxious at times such as these. 

However, some people find it difficult to control their concerns and worries. Their anxiety can affect their daily lives as it can be present a lot or all of the time.  

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Anxiety can be a symptom of a few conditions such as:

  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias such as claustrophobia or agoraphobia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder 

If you’re looking for help with anxiety Selby and the local area offers a lot of support. However, generalised anxiety disorder is different from anxiety. This is because those with GAD feel quite anxious most of the time. They can also struggle to remember when they last felt relaxed. 

The Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder 

GAD can cause both physical and psychological symptoms. In addition to this, the symptoms of GAD can vary from person-to-person, and they can include:

  • Having trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • Feeling worried or restless
  • Experiencing heart palpitations or dizziness

What Causes GAD?

It is not fully understood what the exact cause could be. However, it can be a combination of several factors.

Some of these factors can include: 

  • Having a long-term health condition which is also painful
  • Over-activity in the emotional and behavioural areas of the brain
  • Having a history of traumatic or stressful experiences such as child abuse, bullying, or domestic violence
  • An imbalance of noradrenaline and serotonin which are some of the chemicals found in the brain
  • Having a close relative who suffers from GAD

It’s thought that up to 5% of the UK’s population suffers from this condition. GAD is more common in women than in men but only slightly. People aged between 35 and 59 are most at risk of suffering from GAD. 

How GAD is Treated

Unfortunately, generalised anxiety disorder can have a big impact on your daily life. However, there are some treatments that could help. These include psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy. You can get this treatment on the NHS. You can ask your GP to refer you, but you can also refer yourself. 

Antidepressants are also used to treat GAD. 

Some people find that they can control their anxiety levels thanks to their treatment. While they may still be feeling anxious, the anxiety can be under control. 

Some treatments might need to continue for long periods, depending on the severity of your symptoms. 

 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk