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Anxiety affects our whole being. It affects how we feel, how we behave, and has very real physical symptoms. It feels a bit like fear, but whereas we know what we are frightened of, we often don’t know what we are anxious about. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling – severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety is often caused by stress in our lives. Some of us are more vulnerable to anxiety than others, but even those who become anxious easily, can learn to manage it well. We can also make ourselves anxious with “negative self-talk” – a habit of always telling ourselves the worst will happen.
How will I recognise anxiety?
As well as feeling apprehensive and worried (possibly without knowing why), you may experience some of the following physical symptoms:
It is easy to mistake the symptoms of anxiety for physical illness and become worried that you might be suffering a heart attack or stroke. This of course increases anxiety.
When is anxiety a problem?
We all become anxious form time to time. It becomes a problem when it interferes with life in the absence of real threat, or goes o too long after the danger has past.
What if I just avoid the things that make me anxious?
Avoiding situations tat make you anxious might help you feel better in the short term. The trouble is the anxiety keeps returning, and has a habit of spreading to other situations. This can lead to you avoiding things like shops, crowded places, lectures or tutorials. So although avoidance makes you feel better –
What can I do to feel better?
Anxiety can be exhausting and debilitating. Don’t suffer alone for too long. It often helps to talk to a counsellor or psychologist who can help you find ways to deal with stress in your life and teach you skills to manage anxiety.
Where to from here?
If you would like to make an appointment to see a counsellor to learn more about this topic please contact the counselling service on your campus. Distance students can contact any one of the campuses.
Please tell the receptionist if you need an urgent appointment.
Albany: Health and Counselling Centre Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone (09) 213 6700.
Manawatu: Student Counselling Service, Turitea Campus, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm (8.30 - 4.30 during semester breaks). Telephone (06) 350-5533.
Wellington: Student Counselling Service, The Student Services Trust @ Wellington, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Telephone (04) 801-2542.
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016