Everyone is prone to feeling anxious at times; a little bit of anxiety or stress can actually be helpful for us in some situations (e.g. during a performance or competitive sport) because it helps us focus on the task at hand and do the best job possible. However, sometimes anxiety can get out of hand and progress to be quite severe and pervasive such that you may feel it is running your life. 

What is anxiety?

As well as feeling apprehensive and worried (possibly without knowing why), if you are anxious you are likely to experience at least some of the following physical symptoms:


  • Tense muscles 

  • Trembling 

  • Churning stomach/ Butterflies 

  • Increased awareness of your heart beating 

  • Chest tightness 

  • Headaches 

  • Nausea 

  • Sweaty palms


Anxiety can range from quite mild (a few of these symptoms such that it feels a bit uncomfortable, but manageable) to very severe (all of these symptoms and more, such that you feel out of control and debilitated).


Panic Attacks

Research tells us that 1 in 10 people have experienced a panic attack in the last 12 months. For some of those people it only occurs a couple of times, but for others, the panic attacks keep happening and are very distressing.


A panic attack feels pretty terrible. It is when you experience a lot of physical anxiety symptoms all at once and feel utterly panicked. Someone may experience all or some of the following symptoms:


  • Shortness of breath/hyperventilation 

  • Increased heart rate 

  • Chest tightness 

  • Dizziness 

  • Nausea 

  • Butterflies in the stomach 

  • Feelings of disorientation or things not seeming quite real 

  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes 

  • Trembling or shaking 

  • An urge to go to the toilet 

  • A strong desire to run or escape 

  • Worry that you are having a heart attack, going crazy, or going to die


Please contact Dr Kerri Thomas if you are suffering from anxiety and wish to seek evidence-based treatment. Appointments can be made online or you can call the office on 1300 52 56 52.


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