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Understanding anxiety


It’s natural for people to experience tension, stress, and worry when under strain. In fact, two out of every five individuals say they worry at least once per day. Some people, however, experience worry, anxiety, and tension so persistently that it significantly affects their everyday lives.

Before we understand what anxiety is, we need to understand worry. Worry is typically understood as a verbal / mental problem solving technique related to possibly harmful future events. It may be brought on by a variety of outside circumstances or by random ideas. Worry is characterized by a number of hypothetical questions – “what if” statements such as: “What if I fail my exam?” “What if I can’t do the job?” “What if I can’t provide for my family?”

Regular anxiety usually passes quickly and motivates effective problem-solving. When anxiety is difficult to control or ignore, is about numerous things, and occurs frequently, it becomes unhelpful. Long-term or persistent concern leads to increased anxiety and worry, which can actually hinder functioning in everyday life.

It is springtime, and this means leaving cert exams alongside with other exams. This can be a very stressful time in a student’s life. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective psychological remedies for generalized anxiety. CBT typically includes techniques for dealing with unhelpful beliefs about worry, relaxation to ease chronic tension, learning to question and let go of worries, learning more beneficial coping

Katie Madarasz

If this describes you, accredited psychotherapist Katie Madarasz will be running a two session anxiety management course here at New Leaf (6:30pm 5th and 12th January 2024). It may be very useful for helping you comprehend what generalized anxiety is, how it applies to you and she’ll teach you a few useful tips on how to manage your anxiety. Ring 029 51922 to book a place on the group sessions or to make an appointment for a one-on-one session.