Ealing Mental Health

Can I have anxiety without knowing?

Physical Anxiety Symptoms: What is your body telling you?

Anxiety isn’t only a mental disorder. It also carries physical symptoms that can be upsetting and difficult to manage.

Anxiety also causes physical symptoms.

When you think about a time you felt anxious, maybe you recall your hands getting clammy, your legs shaky, or a raised heart rate.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Digestive problems 
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Exhaustion 
  • Rapid breathing or breathlessness
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Sweating
  • Chest Pain

A panic attack is a physical experience. You may feel that you’re going to die or have a heart attack.

Other physical symptoms may include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Choking feeling
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Overheating and sweating
  • Shaking or chills

Anxiety is the body’s response to stress, in which your body provides you with a physical warning to threats and dangers. The fight-or-flight response is what this is also called.

This is how the body responds to danger – you breathe rapidly because your lungs are moving oxygen through your body quickly in order for you to escape if you need to.

Your body is not meant to always be in this state – so when you are feeling the fight-or-flight response constantly, this is a sign of chronic anxiety.

Dealing with anxiety

In many cases, if you are struggling with anxiety, you may find yourself turning to drugs and alcohol to temporarily relieve your symptoms.

However, becoming reliant on drugs or alcohol to escape your symptoms is dangerous because this can lead to addiction.

Residential rehab is the best way to go about dealing with your addiction and anxiety and getting your life back again.

Want to know how to fund rehab? Read more here. 

When to get treatment?

If your symptoms of anxiety are causing trouble to your daily life, and making it hard to complete even the most basic of tasks, then it is best that you seek treatment.

Many treatment options are available to help you back on track. 

Therapies like talking therapy, holistic therapy and experiential therapy can be an effective way of dealing with your depression feelings in a more manageable way.

How to get help

We are able to accept referrals from GPs or other healthcare professionals (e.g. health visitors or community nurses). If you ask your GP to refer you to the service, he or she will be able to complete our referral form and refer you to our service. Alternatively you may prefer to self-refer by completing the self-referral form on this website.

Once we receive the referral, we will contact you to ask you make contact with us to book an initial screening appointment. This assessment is normally done over the telephone (a ‘telephone triage’) and aims to find out more about your difficulties and to check that we are the right service for you.

If we are the right service for you, we will talk you through the different options that are available and agree a plan with you which we then summarise in writing.

If we think that another service is better able to meet your needs, we will refer or signpost you to that service.

Refer yourself

Any information that you share with the Ealing Mental Health service will be treated in strict confidence in accordance with the provisions of the DataProtection Act 1998.

Please complete all required fields with as much information as possible.

We collect demographic information, such as religion and sexual oriention to make sure we are providing an equal service for everyone.

A&E or emergency services

Go to your nearest A&E (accident and emergency) department or call 999 for emergency services.

Other helplines

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org
The Samaritans offer telephone emotional support and befriending in complete confidence. Available 24 hours a day.

SANE Mental Health helpline: 0845 767 8000
The Mental Health helpline offers emotional support and information to those experiencing mental health difficulties, their families and carers. Available 6pm-11pm, 7 days per week.

NHS 111 service: 111 (free from a landline or mobile)
Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. Available 24 hours a day.

Child safety

If you are worried about the safety of a child:
Call the NSPCC helpline : 0808 800 5000

Domestic violence

If you are experiencing domestic violence :
Call the National Domestic Violence helpline:  0808 2000 247

Mental health advocacy

Ealing Health provides practical support to improve mental well being for primary care individuals experiencing emotional stress.

Mental health advocacy encourages people to take an active part in improving their health and social care needs whilst also aiming to challenge discrimination in service provision.  We may be able to assist you to:

  • Draft letters
  • Make phone calls
  • Attend meetings
  • Obtain information
  • Access services that may be of interest to you