It's completely normal to get anxious
We all feel anxious at some point in our lives in response to situations that we may be experiencing. Although it can make us feel uncomfortable we can usually manage it; however for some people it can become a more serious problem.
Anxiety can have a negative impact on relationships, on how we work and even everyday tasks like shopping. When serious anxiety happens it can change the way we think, make us feel some unpleasant physical symptoms and even cause us to change how we behave.
When we become very anxious we might start to see threats and dangers in normal daily activities. We might get scared that we will embarrass ourselves when we are out, or start worrying too much about things we cannot do anything about.
All these worries can cause changes to our body such as:
• increased heart rate
• shallow or fast breathing
• muscle tension
• butterflies in stomach
• being very alert and seeing many potential threats
• difficulties swallowing
• needing to go to the toilet more than normal
• feeling sick
It is no wonder that we might start to avoid the things that make us anxious so that we do not have to experience these uncomfortable symptoms. However it doesn’t have to continue. There is support and effective treatment out there that can help you manage your anxiety and improve your quality of life.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.