Anxiety is the feeling that something bad is going to happen. It is an emotion designed to protect us and help us prepare for the future.

Sometimes anxiety can feel overwhelming and in some cases anxiety, and associated behaviours can become clusters of symptoms needing professional advice and help. For instance persisting feelings of anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder), specific worries associated with compulsive behaviours (obsessive compulsive behaviours), and disproportionate fears about specific things (phobias).

We tend to think of anxiety as a mental experience but it can also be associated with physical symptoms such as headache, tension, and abdominal and bowel symptoms.

Anxiety is often associated with avoidance which provides immediate relief but unfortunately then makes anxiety much worse and long lasting. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand.
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