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Order this publication. Fear is one of the most powerful emotions. It has a very strong effect on your mind and body. Anxiety is a word we use for some types of fear that are usually to do with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, rather than right now. Fear and anxiety can last for a short time and then pass, but they can also last much longer and you can get stuck with them. In some cases they can take over your life, affecting your ability to eat, sleep, concentrate, travel, enjoy life, or even leave the house or go to work or school.
This can hold you back from doing things you want or need to do, and it also affects your health. Some people become overwhelmed by fear and want to avoid situations that might make them frightened or anxious. It can be hard to break this cycle, but there are lots of ways to do it. Lots of things make us feel afraid. Being afraid of some things — like fires — can keep you safe. Just knowing what makes you afraid and why can be the first step to sorting out problems with fear. How can we manage and reduce stress? Our free downloadable pocket guide offers you tips: www.
It is used when the fear is about something in the future rather than what is happening right now. When you feel frightened or seriously anxious, your mind and body work very quickly. These are some of the things that might happen: . These things occur because your body, sensing fear, is preparing you for an emergency, so it makes your blood flow to the muscles, increases blood sugar, and gives you the mental ability to focus on the thing that your body perceives as a threat.
With anxiety, in the longer term, you may have some of the above symptoms as well as a more nagging sense of fear, and you may get irritable, have trouble sleeping, develop headaches, or have trouble getting on with work and planning for the future; you might have problems having sex, and might lose self-confidence.
Early humans needed the fast, powerful responses that fear causes, as they were often in situations of physical danger; however, we no longer face the same threats in modern-day living. Despite this, our minds and bodies still work in the same way as our early ancestors, and we have the same reactions to our modern worries about bills, travel and social situations. Instead of alerting you to a danger and preparing you to respond to it, your fear or anxiety can kick in for any perceived threat, which could be imaginary or minor.
Some people feel a constant sense of anxiety all the time, without any particular trigger. Even if you can see how out of proportion a fear is, the emotional part of your brain keeps sending danger als to your body. A phobia is an extreme fear of a particular animal, thing, place or situation.
People with phobias have an overwhelming need to avoid any contact with the specific cause of the anxiety or fear. The thought of coming into contact with the cause of the phobia makes you anxious or panicky. Fear and anxiety can affect all of us every now and then.
It is only when it is severe and long-lasting that doctors class it as a mental health problem. The same is true if a phobia is causing problems in your daily life, or if you are experiencing panic attacks. If you always avoid situations that scare you, you might stop doing things you want or need to do.
Anxiety problems tend to increase if you get into this pattern.
Exposing yourself to your fears can be an effective way of overcoming this anxiety. Try to learn more about your fear or anxiety. Keep an anxiety diary or thought record to note down when it happens and what happens. You could carry with you a list of things that help at times when you are likely to be become frightened or anxious. This can be an effective way of addressing the underlying beliefs that are behind your anxiety. Increase the amount of exercise you do. Exercise requires some concentration, and this can take your mind off your fear and anxiety. Learning relaxation techniques can help you with the mental and physical feelings of fear.
It can help just to drop your shoulders and breathe deeply. Or imagine yourself in a relaxing place. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and try to avoid too much sugar. Resulting dips in your blood sugar can give you anxious feelings.
Try to avoid drinking too much tea and coffee, as caffeine can increase anxiety levels. If you are religious or spiritual, this can give you a way of feeling connected to something bigger than yourself. Faith can provide a way of coping with everyday stress, and attending church and other faith groups can connect you with a valuable support network. Talking therapies, like counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, are very effective for people with anxiety problems, including Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which takes you through a series of self-help exercises on screen.
Drug treatments are used to provide short-term help, rather than looking at the root of the anxiety problems.
Drugs may be most useful when they are combined with other treatments or support. You can learn a lot about managing anxiety from asking other people who have experienced it. Our website offers information on mental health, mental health problems, self-help and how to get help.
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Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Anxiety, Panic and Phobias: Key Facts. Home Publications How to overcome fear and anxiety How to overcome fear and anxiety Download for free Lawrlytho am ddim. Order this publication See our other 'How to What makes you afraid? What makes you anxious? Fear may be a one-off feeling when you are faced with something unfamiliar.
Sometimes you need mental and physical ways of tackling fear.
What is a panic attack? What is a phobia? How can I help myself? Face your fear if you can If you always avoid situations that scare you, you might stop doing things you want or need to do. Keep a record of when it happens and what happens. Exercise Increase the amount of exercise you do. Healthy eating Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and try to avoid too much sugar.
How do I get help? Talking therapies Talking therapies, like counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, are very effective for people with anxiety problems, including Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which takes you through a series of self-help exercises on screen.
Medication Drug treatments are used to provide short-term help, rather than looking at the root of the anxiety problems. Support and information Mental Health Foundation Our website offers information on mental health, mental health problems, self-help and how to get help.You are afraid
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