Most people will suffer from anxiety at some point in their daily lives. It is perfectly normal to feel anxious in the lead up to a big event or if you were under pressure; in fact, having a little anxiety can prove useful in some instances, as it sharpens your senses by releasing adrenalin and other chemicals into your body. This is our body’s response to perceived danger and is referred to as the “fight or flight” mechanism. Anxiety becomes a problem when it is moderate to severe, frequently occurs, or lasts for prolonged periods. When this happens, the anxiety becomes a disorder and can have a debilitating effect on the individual’s life. The root cause of the individual’s illness is in their thinking, as this is what perceives a threat and so triggers the release of flight or flight chemicals. The individual then starts to suffer from physical symptoms, which can ultimately result in a panic attack; this is a very intense and uncomfortable experience.
At Sanctuary Lodge, we offer treatment for different types of anxiety disorder including, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. All of these disorders are characterised by the sufferer experiencing high levels of anxiety on a frequent and prolonged basis. Anxiety is very unpleasant to experience and can have a long-term impact on the sufferer’s mental and physical health if left untreated.