WHY ARE WE HERE?

Our Vision

Anxiety Ireland provides information, encouragement and expert psychotherapy to those suffering with anxiety in Ireland. We provide online, phone and in-person psychotherapy and enable you to book directly with our network of accredited therapists to manage, transform and overcome any anxiety issue.

Our founder Michael Ledden MIACP, MIAHIP, brought together the specialist team at Anxiety Ireland because all over Ireland there is a silent and devastating anxiety epidemic impacting people everyday. We want an Ireland where in this epidemic, people no longer must suffer in silence, and instead all those who struggle with anxiety are empowered with the skills and knowledge to change.

Our vision is of a time where anxiety is talked about openly, accepted, and understood and where treatment is easily obtained. Our therapists can be booked directly via Our Booking Page or to arrange a free 15 minute call with Ciara our administrator to explore which therapist would work best with you click here.

Our therapists are adept at assisting clients with General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Work Related Anxiety, Relationship Anxiety, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, (PTSD) and/or Panic Attacks.

Anxiety Ireland
Anxiety Ireland

ABOUT ANXIETY?

Anxiety Comes in Many Shapes & Forms

Anxiety is a complex condition that can take many forms and affects individuals across all demographics. It is not an innate trait, but rather a combination of biological factors and external influences such as societal norms, conditioning, parenting, and personal experiences. These factors collectively shape an individual’s unique journey with anxiety.

Furthermore, anxiety typically doesn’t suddenly appear in someone’s life without a triggering event or prolonged influences or stressors. For most people, it tends to develop gradually over time, building through the years. Consequently, it can be addressed and managed with a gradual approach.

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

You Will Feel a Sense of Danger

You Will Feel a Sense of Danger

When you’re under physical threat, your body automatically responds to the sense of danger. Blood flows into your major muscles as you prepare for fight or flight. The blood flow away from your stomach may cause it to rumble. You may feel tension in your shoulders, jaw, and face. Your thinking speeds up as a means of escape. Now, imagine feeling stressed or anxious at work. Your body reacts in the same way as if danger is in the vicinity, and you will have the same physiological response.

Normally, when a fear response is evoked, it goes away when the physical or imagined danger passes. This is when the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and releases hormones that level us out from this heightened state. However, what if we are triggered by something constant in our environment or even if we don’t know what is triggering us? If the thing that triggers us is so everyday that we can’t help but be faced with it?

What if what makes us anxious is our emotions, our bodies, our living situation, or our fears in our relationships? Then we end up hijacked into a heightened state all the time. When the central nervous system is hyper-vigilant to threats, we end up in a stressed anxious state all the time, held back and miserable.

Anxiety Ireland
Anxiety Ireland

WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?

Beliefs are Very Important with Anxiety

Anxiety is a complex condition that can take many forms and affects individuals across all demographics. It is not an innate trait, but rather a combination of biological factors and external influences such as societal norms, conditioning, parenting, and personal experiences. These factors collectively shape an individual’s unique journey with anxiety.

Beliefs play a crucial role in anxiety. Anxieties often build because our beliefs begin to change over time or become more unbalanced. What was once seen as harmless, and maybe still is to others, becomes unbearable for us. We can feel like people are looking at us, thinking things about us, or would judge us if they knew certain things about us.

Thoughts like “Things have to be perfect or else,” “If I get embarrassed, it will be so awful that I won’t be able to cope,” “The street is so dangerous you could get killed at any time,” or “Every time these attacks happen, I feel like I’m dying” are all just beliefs and not facts. However, they can be profoundly physically upsetting.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

You Will Feel a Sense of Danger

Challenge Those Beliefs

The thoughts and pictures we paint in our head can have a massive effect on our bodies, emotions, and behaviors.

If you conducted an experiment by showing someone a series of upsetting images or videos while hooking them up to a machine to check their stress levels, you would find a noticeable rise in their heart rate, stress hormones, and general anxiety

The same thing is happening when you have anxious thoughts, predictions, and beliefs about yourself, others, and the world. Thoughts and beliefs come into all levels of anxiety, whether that is ruminating about the past, misinterpreting what’s happening in the present, or predicting some terrible imagined future. Emotions are crucial to anxiety too. If we have a high level of fear, sadness, anger, etc., and we are uncomfortable with this, then we convert that to anxiety, thinking, and nervousness. Many of us never learn to tolerate our feelings.

But have you ever believed something and then changed your mind when you got more facts or evidence? Have you ever gotten more comfortable with something with practice? Probably yes! Just like the time you changed your mind about something, realized you were wrong when you got more evidence or became more comfortable exercising or driving, the same can happen with your anxiety. When you get anxiety help to challenge those beliefs, you gain comfort and knowledge of your emotions, body, mind, and actions. Then anxiety lessens.

WHERE DO I START?

You’re Not Alone

It’s important to understand that you’re not alone or going crazy. Taking care of your body by eating well, relaxing, and resting is crucial. Good behaviors help keep us well, as does minding and respecting our emotions.

Counseling and psychotherapy can be a wonderful way of getting help when anxieties overrun us, despite our best efforts. Anxiety Ireland is here to give information and support, to normalize talking about anxiety, and to arrange counseling for those who need it with trained professionals.

To chat with a professional, click on “Our Therapist Team” on our website. Through our website, you can connect to experienced, accredited therapists who can assist in reducing anxiety symptoms.

Call or email us today to explore how we or one of our experts can help you overcome what troubles you!

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Information

Often the symptoms of fear and anxiety can get mixed up. Here are some examples to help you know the difference.

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