Symptoms of anxiety might include:
- Persistent worrying thoughts
- Physical symptoms such as upset stomach/nausea or headache, racing heart, trembling, shortness
of breath or difficulty breathing, restlessness.
- Emotional outbursts that might include anger or irrational behaviour
- Avoidance behaviours
There is no single cause of anxiety. Often a number of factors play a part in the likelihood of someone developing an anxiety disorder. These factors can include how a person thinks, what life experiences they have had or their tendency towards certain ways of behaving. Research also suggests that hereditary factors play a part, with people who have a family history of anxiety are more likely to experience anxiety themselves.
When a person seeks help for anxiety, the therapist will do a thorough assessment that will consider all of these factors in determining what treatment path to take.