What we can help you with
Our therapists can support you if you’re coping with challenges such as:
- Depression including postnatal depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sleep difficulties
- Anxiety disorders, including:
- General anxiety disorder
- Specific phobias
- Panic attacks and panic disorders
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Health anxiety
We can also guide you if you’re experiencing difficulties caused by a medically unexplained symptom (MUS) or long-term condition (LTC), including diabetes, lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or coronary heart disease (CHD).
For each condition below, we’ve included some typical symptoms. Everyone’s experiences will be different, so don’t worry if you’re feeling something else.
When someone feels very low for more than two weeks and feels like this day after day, this is called a depressive episode. Feeling like this can affect your mood, thinking, behaviour and body. You might be feeling depressed and tired, and struggle to eat and concentrate.
Modern life is filled with hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many of us, being stressed has become routine and accepted as a way of life.
Stress isn’t always a negative thing as it can sometimes help motivate you, so that you can perform under unwanted pressure.
However, feeling stressed, or working under stress for long periods of time, can affect things like your sleep patterns and even your eating habits.
We also run a series of workshops throughout Berkshire to help you identify and overcome stress.
Sometimes we can experience poor quality or quantity of sleep. If you regularly struggle to sleep it can affect your normal day to day activities.
We provide an online support programme which can help you get a better nights sleep. Click here for more information.
Anxiety is different from person to person.
Coping with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) may mean you worry excessively and find your concerns difficult to control.
When anxiety starts to interfere with daily life, you might feel restlessness, muscle tension and have trouble getting to sleep.
A phobia is a marked or persistent fear of a particular object or situation. This fear can be about anything including heights, modes of transport, food items or animals.
Panic attacks can often bring feelings of intense fear, terror and catastrophic thoughts that may occur suddenly and with little or no warning. A panic disorder is when you’re fearful of having panic attacks.
The intense feelings and unpleasant physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, excessive sweating or loss of focus can peak within 5-10 minutes and you may think that something awful is happening or about to happen.
You may behave in a particular way to avoid these thoughts and physical symptoms.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related condition. It involves repeated unwanted thoughts, usually together with the urge to take repeated 'ritual' actions to prevent some feared event happening.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when someone is exposed to a traumatic or stressful event. It can involve emotional distress, nightmares and flashbacks which can lead to avoidance and hypervigilance.
Someone with health anxiety tends to specifically worry about their health. This may lead to regular checking of their body, visits to the GP, and research of symptoms. We all worry about our health from time to time but for someone with health anxiety this would be much more frequent.
Some people may experience persistent physical health complaints that do not appear to be symptoms of a physical condition. This can be known as medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
A long-term condition is a health difficulty that requires ongoing care and management over years or even decades. Through Talking Therapies we can offer emotional support if your condition is causing you to have things like low mood or depression.
You can find more information about the three kinds of long-term condition we provide support for:
Depending on your needs, we can support you in different ways.
How to get support
If you think that you’re experiencing any of these conditions, we may be able to help you.
You can ask your GP to refer you to Talking Therapies. We’ll offer a Wellbeing Assessment, and offer the right therapy support to suit you.