Some of the common symptoms that Taking therapies could help with include:
- Anxiety and excessive worry
We all get anxious. Anxiety has an important role to play. It prepares our body for ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ from something we perceive as threatening or dangerous to us. Modern life has its own triggers which can cause anxiety e.g. public speaking, whether or not we have time to do all the things we have to do, or even fear itself. There are lots of different types of anxiety including fears and phobias, panic, obsessions and compulsions, health anxiety, worry and post-traumatic stress.
- Shyness and social anxiety
Being shy is not necessarily a problem. Most people can feel a little shy and nervous in social situations at some point. However, some people struggle with this more than others. You may find that it starts to have an impact on the way you would like to live your life. For example, avoiding situations or cancelling plans, worrying excessively about what other people think of you.
Depression is characterised by feeling sad, hopeless and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy. People with depression find their symptoms can persist for weeks or months and can interfere with work, social and family life.
- Continuous low mood or sadness
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Having low self-esteem
- Feeling tearful
- Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
- Having no motivation or interest in things
- Finding it hard to make decisions
- Not getting any enjoyment out of life
- Having suicidal thoughts or feelings of harming yourself
- Disturbed sleep (struggling to get off to or stay asleep, or sleeping too much)
- Changes in weight and/or appetite
- Feeling anxious
Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from other people including your family and friends. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful and may take time off sick. As a result you may feel worse about yourself and lower in mood or self-esteem.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Going through a traumatic experience can take its toll on the mind as well as the body. You may experience feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety and low mood. It is entirely normal to be affected by something that has been traumatic, particularly if you felt your life, or the life of someone close to you was under threat. Some people experience their memories of the traumatic even as if it were happening again known as flashbacks, and may have nightmares about what happened. For most people these symptoms will gradually reduce over time. However some people will continue to experience flashbacks and nightmares.
- Other problems we can help you with
- Specific phobias
- Panic disorder
- Health anxiety
- Problems related to childhood trauma