Published 9th October 2019 by

Counselling Hour – September 2019

Posted by Carers Matter Norfolk on Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Anxiety is a natural feeling and we all experience sensations of worry, fear or even panic at times. In fact, anxiety can be a positive emotion as it motivates us to achieve and demonstrates that we care. However, it is when emotions such as panic, worry and fear start to take control that anxiety becomes an issue. As a carer, you may have experience of caring for someone who suffers from anxiety and you may in turn have feelings of anxiety which are related to your caring role.

Anxiety is unique to the individual

It is important to remember that anxiety comes in many different forms which are highly personal to each individual:

  • The symptoms of anxiety can include many physical manifestations such as insomnia, low appetite and faintness.
  • Some people experience extreme feelings of anxiety such as panic attacks.
  • During a panic attack a person can have symptoms such as a racing heart, shortness of breath and extreme sense of fear.
  • A panic attack can be so intense that many people mistake them for a heart attack.
  • It is crucial to remember that while a panic attack can feel terrible it will not cause you any serious harm. However, if you do experience feelings of chest pain or shortness of breath it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately in order to rule out other physical conditions first.   

To understand what triggers anxiety in people it is a good idea to look at what thoughts or situations heighten particularly anxious feelings. There are many different types of anxiety and in order to identify what makes you or the person you care for anxious it may be important to consider what could be the root cause.

A few common forms of anxiety are

Social Anxiety Disorder

A long-lasting and overwhelming fear of social situations.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

A condition which causes a person to feel anxious about a wide range of issues and situations

Panic Disorder

An anxiety disorder where a person experiences regular and sudden attacks of fear or panic, sometimes with no clear reason

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A person with OCD will experience obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour on a frequent basis


This is a type of anxiety disorder which is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of something

Through identifying what may lie at the core of anxiety it can make finding ways in which to combat and cope with symptoms easier. 

If you would like advice and support on how best to cope with your caring role then please call our Adviceline on 01284 333 035.

Our support is specific for carers and their caring role. There are other organisations which can help with understanding anxiety such as the ones below.


The Way Out Society

A self-help group that meet in Norwich.


Out of Hours Mental Health Support (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Please call: 0300 304 7000

The Way Out Society

A Self Help anxiety group which meets in Norwich
For more information please contact:

Anxiety UK

Please call: 03444 775 774
Text Service: 07537 416 905


Peer Support Initiative Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind
Please call: 01603 432457