What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural human response when we feel that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

Anxiety can become a mental health problem if it impacts your ability to live your life as fully as you want to. For example, it may be a problem if:

  • your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time
  • you avoid situations that might cause you to feel anxious
  • your worries feel very distressing or are hard to control
  • you regularly experience symptoms of anxiety, which could include panic attacks
  • you find it hard to go about your everyday life or do things you enjoy.

You can find out more about anxiety here.

Where can I seek support?

  • Your GP: If you are concerned about your mental health and suspect you may be struggling with anxiety, contact your GP for a mental health appointment. From here, your GP could offer you a diagnosis, medication options, and/or information on talking therapies.
  • Bath Mind: Bath Mind has a variety of local services that focus on supporting individuals with anxiety. Head to our services page to find help that suits you.
  • Local and national services: Use our service directory to find local and national support services. Unsure what support you need? Contact our Access Community Mental Health team who can help find the right support for your situation.


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