What is anxiety?

Don't worry. You're not alone

What is anxiety?

We can all experience anxiety at times – particularly in very stressful situations or when we have a lot on our plate and life becomes overwhelming. Often this period can be draining, but usually settles down with time and as any problems are dealt with. Dealing with feeling anxious regularly or constantly, however, can have a huge impact on your daily life and stop you from feeling capable of doing the things you used to enjoy. You may find yourself becoming anxious in certain situations such as social occasions, during exam season or when there is high pressure at work. We can help to provide you with the techniques to control your stress and get back on track.

How are you feeling?

Everyone’s experience with anxiety will be unique, and it can have various effects on you both mentally and physically. Some of the things you may be feeling include:

  • Unable to control your worries
  • Tight chested
  • Sweaty
  • Shaky
  • Experiencing panic attacks
  • Thinking you might die
  • Overwhelmed
  • Irritable and agitated
  • Feelings of dread
  • Avoidance of people or activities
  • Loneliness
  • Feeling out of control or powerless
  • Struggling to see a way forward

Who does it affect?                                     

Please know that you are not alone - anxiety can affect anyone at any time in their lives. Anxiety does not have to stop you from succeeding in whatever you decide to do – however small or large your goals may be.

Anxiety is one of the main symptoms of several conditions, such as panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety.

One in four people – of any age, gender, sexuality or race - experience anxiety or low mood at some point during their life. This means that 25% of us here in Devon will share a similar experience to you. Many of these people have been helped by TALKWORKS to move forward, and you can be too.

Should I tell my friends and family?

Acknowledging that you are feeling anxious is the first step to recovery. We understand that it can be a lonely and scary time, and talking about it can be daunting. One of the best things you can do to help yourself is reach out to the people you trust, and speak to them about how you are feeling. Often by opening up to those close to you, you help others to discuss their feelings, too, and your support system can help you to help yourself.

How TALKWORKS can help?

Talking truly does work, and TALKWORKS is here to help you do just that. Our staff are trained professionals who are here to help you to feel better, grow and learn.

We are open to anyone over the age of 18 - no matter what your gender, sexuality, age or race. We are Devon's NHS Talking Therapies Service, helping you to develop ways to manage your anxieties. TALKWORKS is a free, effective and confidential service.

With teams across Devon and Torbay, we can usually see you close to where you live and appointments can take place in a variety of community buildings, hospitals, GP surgeries and libraries. 

Please don’t feel that you have to struggle with anxiety in silence. The sooner you take the next step and contact us, the sooner we can help you to feel like ‘you’ again.

To get in touch with us:

complete our online self-referral form 

Alternatively you can call our team Monday to Friday (9am - 4:45pm) by calling 0300 555 3344

Your experience with us

Your feedback matters

“I could not fault the service I received. I was listened to and given so many different resources to help my anxiety and depression. I was so very low a year ago but with the amazing support from my therapist I feel more and more myself every day. Thank you TALKWORKS.”

“The therapy gently supported me to both understand and come to terms with my diagnosis and how it has impacted on me as a person for so many years. I felt I could be open and honest in a very safe space. I not only feel better, I understand myself better too.”

“I was apprehensive about using the service thinking I wasn't "bad" enough but a talk to the cardiac group by a TALKWORKS practitioner gave me confidence to self-refer. I was referred with respect and taken seriously throughout, felt safe and was given tools and advice to help myself take control of my situation.”

Get Help

Call us on 0300 555 3344

Here at TALKWORKS, we’re here to help you feel better about life, and to help you feel like yourself again. Whether you’re dealing with an overwhelming life event, having sleepless nights or struggling with anxiety, we are here to help. You can self-refer to our service and a member of our team will then be in touch to arrange an initial appointment. TALKWORKS is not able to provide a crisis response service. If you need help urgently, you can access emergency mental health support information on our website.