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G E N E R A L H E A LT H ▲
the brain that everything is all right,
something the professionals call
Self-help methods to reduce anxiety
include facing your fears, for example
going to the social event you've been
putting off, keeping a journal so you
can see what causes your anxiety, and
setting yourself small, achievable goals.
Regular exercise, eating healthily,
giving up alcohol (or drinking
moderately), quitting smoking and
practising relaxation techniques can
help, too. Complementary therapies,
such as mindfulness, massage and
yoga, are also recommended.
Professional help should be sought if:
Anxiety is affecting your everyday
life, making it difficult to complete
tasks and enjoy activities.
Negative feelings are very strong and
can last a long time.
Fears and worries are out of
proportion to the situation.
Anxiety leads to avoidance of certain
situations and social events.
Worrying leads to distress that
can be difficult to control.
You are experiencing panic attacks.
GPs can refer people for cognitive
- or talking - therapy, provide
medication or recommend support
groups and self-help techniques. If
these don't help, he or she may refer
you to a mental health specialist.
SHOULD I SEE
Anxiety is a problem if it leads to
social exclusion and affects a person's
relationships and home, school or
work life. Those with anxiety may
begin to have personality changes,
use compulsive behaviours, misuse
alcohol and drugs, experience
depression or have suicidal thoughts.
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774; anxietyuk.org.uk
Mind: 0300 123 3393; mind.org.uk
The Mental Health Foundation: mentalhealth.org.uk
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