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Anxiety is often misunderstood and seen as simply ‘all in the mind’. It is normal to feel anxious about certain situations, particularly if you – or a loved-one – are facing a difficult time owing to illness.
However, anxiety can, if left unchecked, become extremely debilitating and result in both psychological and physical problems.
Anxiety is often linked to chest pain caused by changes in breathing patterns. It can also affect concentration and can cause problems with sleeping.
People facing severe anxiety could have excessive thirst, pins and needles, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, stomach ache, nausea or diarrhoea. This can be compounded by psychological symptoms such a lack of focus, restlessness, impatience and an overwhelming feeling of dread.
Anxiety can be overcome in a variety of ways, but you should always talk to your doctor, nurse or a member of staff at the Hospice to help find what’s best for you.
St Nicholas Hospice Care can help people to cope with anxiety in a variety of ways such as: