Anxiety is a generalized mood similar to fear though with fear, there is a perceived threat. Anxious feelings often present in response to a more diffuse, potential threat or without an identified threat. Anxiety can also be described as a heightened sensitivity to possible threats in the environment often from past experience in a threatening place. In fact, anxiety was first documented in soldiers that returned from war.

Anxiety also shares many similar symptoms with depression including poor concentration and memory, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, and a sense of hopelessness. It is common for people who experience depression to also experience anxiety.

Some purely anxious symptoms include:

  • apprehension
  • tension
  • agitation
  • trembling
  • excessive worry
  • nightmares
Your GP is the first person you should speak to about anxiety if you are experiencing these symptoms. They can offer a listening ear and prescribe anti-anxiety medication. Often they will refer you for counselling because although the medication can improve mood regulation, there may be underlying issues within your life that left unaddressed may be fueling the anxiety.