Panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and generalised anxiety disturb the lives of an estimated 15% of the populace. Click for a list of anxiety symptoms. We have centres in Surrey, Kent, London, Devon and Lincolnshire.

Repeated negative thoughts such as:-  "What if I pass out?";  "How will I manage in the meeting this morning?"; “What if I have a panic attack and I’m on my own” etc. are common amongst patients with anxiety.

 

Our treatment encompasses dealing with these negative thoughts and helping the patient to adopt more appropriate responses to everyday situations. Click to see our anxiety treatments.

Anxiety affects the lifestyle of sufferers in various ways. Many people will avoid going out or travelling by public transport, just incase they should start to feel anxious and have a panic attack.  They may not have had a holiday for many years.  They might not be able to work or socialise.  They might not go out for meals or drinks due to the worry about when or if the anxiety will strike.

As previously stated, anxiety is a common and natural process. Actors often refer to the fact that being nervous before going on stage improves their performance and certainly it is the case that a reasonable level of anxiety before an exam, for example, is likely to result in better revision and therefore a better result.

 

So what causes anxiety, in whatever form, to reach a level that is disruptive and no longer an advantage?  More...

Anxiety does not have to be lived with. It can be successfully removed so the patient can return to normal behaviours and enjoy life.

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Agoraphobia quite often results from the fear of having a panic attack in specific situations from which escape might be difficult (or embarrassing) or in which help may not be obtainable in the event of having an panic attack, usually in public.  It is often thought to be a fear of open spaces but it can be of being in crowded, public places like banks, supermarkets and clubs etc.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by anxious thoughts or rituals you feel you can't control. If you have OCD you may be overwhelmed by constant, unwanted thoughts or images, or by
the urgent need to engage in certain rituals.
Social Phobia, is understood as extreme fear of some social interaction. While social phobia is experienced by as many as 10% of the population at any one time. Social phobia is not mere shyness, but a disorder that severely hampers the quality of life. It is estimated that between 7 and 13% of people are affected by social anxiety at some point. Basically, it is understood as being the recurring avoidance and incapacitating fear of social situations, where others might possibly critically judge.

Agoraphobia, Social Phobia and OCD

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