Anxiety UK are delighted to announce the launch of a new text service, a welcome addition to the current range of services already offered to support those living with anxiety disorders.
Anxiety UK is delighted to announce that the Anxiety UK helpline has achieved the Helplines Standard accreditation.
The Helplines Standard is a quality standard specifically developed for the helpline sector to accredit service delivery and recognise best practice. It involves an organisation meeting rigorous criteria in order to ensure that they are providing a comprehensive helpline service.
Anxiety UK have launched a ‘Just Text Giving’ Campaign in association with Just Giving and Vodafone.
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We are delighted to announce the release of ‘The Caregivers Guide to Anxiety’ in conjunction with Carers Week 2015.
Written by our CEO Nicky Lidbetter, the guide is the first of its kind in the UK, and offers information and advice to individuals supporting those with an anxiety disorder. It contains practical tips and methods to enable caregivers to provide support in a way that is beneficial to both the sufferer, as well as the caregiver.
Anxiety UK is a user-led mental health charity established in 1970 that provides direct support services (including psychological therapies) to individuals affected by a range of anxiety disorders. We undertake a campaigning and awareness function; representing those with personal experience of anxiety in the UK.
Over the years, the charity has supported researchers with a range of research projects by assisting with the participant recruitment as well as collaborating directly with large research projects focused on improving treatment and services with people experiencing anxiety. We are keen to develop and expand our interest and support for research into anxiety disorders and for the first time this year, are launching a new ‘Anxiety UK Research Fund’ to support initially, small research projects with a view to furthering understanding of anxiety disorders and ultimately, improving outcomes for our client group.
I have various phobias, but I have one that affects me quite a lot: Phonophobia. For those that aren’t sure what it may be, it is a fear of sudden, unexpected loud sounds. Loud and unexpected noises to anybody are startling, but for someone like me, the affects of a loud noise impact me so much more deeply than just making you ‘jump’ and wonder what the noise was – when I hear a sudden noise I instantly fear danger, my life is at risk and I need to flee.
It has a massive impact on my daily life, things even as common as a siren going past triggers my phobia, which then activates my anxiety and panic attacks. What makes it worse is that I live in the area with a hospital, fire service training center and a police station in close proximity.
My daughter Tabitha (now 11) was what we affectionately call a born worrier. Originally a tiny prem baby she is a sweet earnest and expressive child, usually anxious to please. At 7 she was a great eater with a varied and interested appetite. Then in 2011 she complained of a sore throat after a potato went down the wrong way. Thinking nothing of it at first, we noticed over a period of weeks that she was making a terrible mess of the table at mealtimes – crumbs and tiny bits of food all over the table and floor. Separately I noticed that when sitting next to her (not at mealtimes) she seemed to be swallowing “noisily”. Steadily, and then quite dramatically, her food consumption went dramatically downhill and she started to leave much of her food and lose weight rapidly. We talked to her about it endlessly, got medicine for the continuing sore throat, tried all the usual praise and reward techniques and eventually spoke to the Doctor, Health Visitor and School. Most of whom were a bit unhelpful, suggesting it was a just phase or worse – that it was an attention seeking exercise as my younger child was now growing up and making her presence known. This didn’t seem to add up as, if anything, Tabitha seemed more and more upset about the increased attention she was receiving. Going out of my mind with worry I searched online but all results seemed to focus on other eating disorders and this felt like she was phobic, not about the effects of food, but on the actual act of eating.
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“They’re staring at me. Why are they staring at me?”
“They’re laughing at me. I know it”
“They think I’m crazy”
“They’re going to shout something, call me fat and ugly”
“They’re better than me”
“They hate me and I don’t blame them”
“Why bother saying anything? I’ll only sound stupid anyway”
“They’re talking about me behind my back?”
“They’re only speaking to me because they feel sorry for me”
Do any of the above sound familiar? These are just a few of the intrusive thoughts that will pass through my mind on a daily basis. Thoughts that have contributed to my becoming a social recluse, too scared to interact with those surrounding me. Just five years ago I was an outgoing 19/20 year old, working (well, more skiving) part – time at McDonalds while studying for my degree. I would happily attend work nights out and would have my work friends round mine on a Friday/Saturday night for pre – drinks and an after party following a night in town. Sadly this is no longer the case though, as anxiety and its accompanying thoughts forced me to swap alcohol for fruit juices. Lovely. I was never the most popular person but I was never lonely either. I had friends to go to the cinema and bowling with, friends to go drinking and get tattoos with, and friends to turn to when I needed cheering up. I had rebuilt a life for myself in Manchester following our move here a few months before and I was genuinely happy. As the saying goes ‘things were on the up’, or so I thought.
What type of phobia do you have?
I have emetophobia, which is a fear of myself and others vomiting.
How does this impact on your daily life?
It impacts my life in many ways. Most days I wake up with anxiety and it remains with me until bed time. I have several panic attacks throughout the day stopping me from what im doing. I find it really hard just to leave the house and will never go anywhere by myself.
I’m Karen and I have a phobia of toilets. There, I said it, I’m out. For some reason, unknown to me, I think the toilet is going to get me, or the pipes will burst, or that it will flush whilst I’m using it. I know none of that will happen, but it terrifies me every day. It’s the subject of much amusement among friends and family, but to me, it’s not funny, it’s simply terrifying.