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The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UKIssue 81: SPRING 2012£2.99Spotlight on...Anxiety in childrenand young people- Pages 6 and 7How to support a childwith anxietyNature or nurture?- Page 10Anxiety in children – whichfactors can be responsible?


anxious timesZion CRC339 Stretford Road, Hulme,Manchester M15 4ZYHelpline: 08444 775 774Admin: 0161 226 7727Email: info@anxietyuk.org.ukWebsite: www.anxietyuk.org.ukwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/facebookwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/twitterwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/gethelp/mobile-applicationRegistered Charity No. 1113403Company Registration No. 5551121Founded 1970STAFFChief Executive: Nicky LidbetterMembership Co-ordinator:Pete NunesCommunications Officer:Terri TorevellPeer Mentoring ProjectCo-ordinator: Liz ThompsonServices and Admin Co-ordinator:Emma Charnley…and many volunteers!TRUSTEESChair: Amo KalarVice Chair: Colin FyfeRose BeechCarol FareAnnette BodenJonathan ChippindallLaura NelsonSatish RaghavanSpring 2012The Quarterly MagazinePublished by Anxiety UKHello... Welcome to the first 2012 edition of Anxious Times. This yearholds a lot of hope for the charity, as we establish links withnew partners to bring our services to a wider audience. Andwith many new staff on board, 2012 promises to be an excitingone, full of new ventures and a renewed focus on how we canbest serve our members.This edition highlights anxiety in children and young people asthe charity embarks on working closer with schools to providethe help and advice they need when supporting anxiousstudents. Experts estimate that one in ten children and youngpeople, aged 5-16 suffer from a mental health disorder – thatis around three children in every school class. Giving children the right help early on can setthem up for life and with the government’s commitment to investing in talking therapies forchildren, Anxiety UK is keen to be part of meeting the needs of children and young peopleexperiencing mental health issues. You can read more about how Anxiety UK is committedto increasing understanding of young people’s mental health on page 8.This year we will also be working closely with the Civil Service Benevolent Fund (CSBF) andcCBT Limited. Our work with the CSBF will centre on offering support to their members, asthey have seen an increase in requests for assistance with mental health problems in recentyears. After a successful partnership during Face Your Fears Week in 2011, Anxiety UK isalso establishing stronger links with cCBT Limited to bring their FearFighter package toAnxiety UK members. More about both of these partnerships follows on page 12.And finally, the staff and volunteers were pleased to help Anxiety UK co-founder, HaroldFisher, celebrate his 80th birthday in February (pictured with me above). Many of you willhave spoken to Harold over the years, when he took an active role in providing support onthe helpline since starting the charity with his wife, Katharine, in 1970. I’m sure you will alljoin me in wishing Harold a very happy birthday!As always, we are keen to hear your feedback and views on how you are findingmembership of the charity. Contact us on 08444 775 774 or by email onmembership@anxietyuk.org.uk with any questions or concerns.Best wishes!Nicky Lidbetter, Chief ExecutiveMeet our guest contributorsRona KirwanRona was on workexperience at AnxietyUK in January fromLiverpool JohnMoores University,where she is in herfinal year of ajournalism degree.Jessica BrownJessica is a recentjournalism graduatecurrently working asa copywriter, strivingtowards her aim tocombine a passion ofwriting with mentalillness issues.Anxiety UK provides information,help and support for people livingwith anxiety disorders. This includespeople with personal experience ofanxiety disorders, carers, families,friends and professionals.“We are our members”Andy BakerAndy hasvolunteered as awriter for Anxiety UKfor nearly two years,most famouslywriting each issue’sGood mood food.Colin WThompsonColin is an awardwinning internationalillustrator who alsosuffers from anxiety.Page 2 Issue 81: SPRING 2012“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seemand smarter than you think. ”~ Christopher RobinThe views expressed by contributors to Anxious Times are not necessarily those of Anxiety UK, nor does Anxiety UK guarantee the accuracy of information reported by contributors. AnxietyUK does not necessarily endorse the services of any advertiser in this edition of Anxious Times.Copyright of Anxiety UK. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any other means, by electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recordingsor otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.


The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”Need support?Have you tried the Anxiety UKspecialist helplines?As mentioned in our last issue, there has been a change to our specialist helplines. Mostof the helplines can now be accessed by ringing 0844 481 6557. You will be able to speakwith people with personal or expert knowledge in a specific type of anxiety.Psychiatric Pharmacy Helpline ServiceThis helpline, run in conjunction with the psychiatric pharmacy team at Manchester MentalHealth and Social Care Trust, is available if you have any questions relating to psychiatricmedication. The service runs every Wednesday from 1.30-3.30pm. To obtain the telephonenumber of this service, please contact Anxiety UK on 08444 775 774.Email Dental SupportThis service is run by Sean, a qualified dentist, who is able to answer your questionsabout treatment and provide advice when feeling anxious prior to attending appointments.Email Sean on dentalanxiety@hotmail.co.uk for support.How you can helpAnxiety UK is the leading charity for those suffering from anxiety disordersin the UK. The charity provides support to anxiety sufferers and campaigns toraise awareness and reduce the stigma of anxiety. The charity receives nogovernment funding and relies on the generosity of its members andsupporters to continue to provide its services. There are many ways to assistthe charity, thereby encouraging thousands of anxiety sufferers.MembershipAs well as providing a helpline and online support facilities, Anxiety UK has amembership service that has a range of benefits including access to therapyquickly and cheaply and the ability to contact other anxiety sufferers through anational network.You can join online through www.anxietyuk.org.uk or over the telephone on08444 775 774. If you are currently a member, do get in touch iif you need helpaccessing services.Friends of Anxiety UKIf you or someone you know has been helped by Anxiety UK, please considerbecoming a Friend of Anxiety UK. Regular donations, no matter the size, makea huge difference to the support the charity can provide to anxiety sufferers.You can set up a regular standing order or Direct Debit. For more information,contact 08444 775 774 or visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk.Pleased tomeet you...!Chloe Lycett“Hello! I havejoined Anxiety UKfor six months asa social workstudent. I will besupporting thementoring projectas well asassisting with other areasof work at Anxiety UK.I graduated from the University ofManchester in 2009 in Psychology.After my degree, I worked with childrenand young people in Manchester,informing them about furthereducation, degree choices and careeroptions. I started a social workmaster’s course in September 2011and I am really excited that myplacement is at Anxiety UK.I’ve so far really enjoyed being part ofthe Peer Mentoring Project, where Ican put both my personal knowledgeof anxiety disorders and practical skillsI’ve learned in my studies to good use.I’d encourage anyone who is interestedin learning more about this projectto to get in touch by emailingmentoring@anxietyuk.org.uk”ADVERTISEMENTSPECIALOFFER!Enjoy an exclusivePersonal Development with Hypnosisoffer from theCourses are being held inYork, London and Livingston with a20% discount for Anxiety UK members(quoting code ANX2012).To book online and for full details visitwww.hypnova.co.uk/certificate.phpVolunteeringAnxiety UK is a user-led organisation with most staff and volunteers sufferingfrom anxiety or having prior experience. The charity offers volunteers theopportunity to gain additional skills, confidence and experience in a helpfulenvironment. If you are interested in volunteering, visit www.anxietyuk.org.ukor ring 08444 775 774.Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 3


anxious timesWhat our members are saying...If you’d like to share your message, email media@anxietyuk.org.uk or join ourcommunity at www.anxietyuk.org.uk where you can post comments and adviceand connect with other anxiety sufferers. It’s free and provides a safe place for youto share your thoughts about anxiety. Here’s a selection of what you’ve beensaying over recent months.“Have faith in yourself andbelieve and you WILL getbetter.”Ellie“I lead a happy life and like tobelieve that my anxiety is justa little hurdle that I have toovercome from time to time.”Anon“Anxiety is a game againstyour fears and emotions.But you must rememberwhose mind it is andwhose fears they are andwho is in control”Tom“I once told one of my bestfriends about my panic attacksand to my astonishment hehad them too. We found it agreat comfort talking about thefeelings we have and it madeus realise that we don’t haveto suffer in silence.”Anon“I am determined not to letit take control of me as itdid last time, as I know thatjust through talking tosomeone I can get throughit. We all can get through it.”Anna“We’ve all got to be brave andface everyday life. You cannot letit take over you. Just keepthinking you’ve only got one lifeand you cannot waste it hidingaway and being hurt.”StaceyTop tip:Exercise releases chemicalscalled endorphins that trigger apositive feeling in the body. Itcan also take your mind off anyfeelings of anxiety.ADVERTISEMENTPage 4 Issue 81: SPRING 2012


The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”By Andy Baker & Rona KirwanThis season's Good Mood Food focuses on hypoglycaemia and howit can contribute to anxiety. In medical terms, hypoglycaemialiterally means 'low blood sugar'. Hypoglycaemia is oftenexperienced by diabetics but many others can feel the effects ofimproper blood sugar levels on a smaller scale due to diet andeating habits. This is commonly referred to as reactivehypoglycaemia. Alterations to diet and eating habits can helpensure that blood sugar is at its proper level, reducing thenegative symptoms of hypoglycaemia.When blood sugar is low, the body sends a message to theadrenal glands to produce the stress hormone adrenaline. If yourepeatedly have low blood sugar levels, the body learns torelease larger and larger amounts of adrenaline at the slightestdip in levels. Some people experience low blood sugar episodesseveral times a day. This can lead to adrenaline dumping and,as the brain is starved of fuel (glucose) and simultaneouslyflooded with stress hormones, anxiety can be triggered.In addition to recurring bouts of anxiety, some of the manysymptoms of hypoglycaemia include an inability toconcentrate, mood swings, depression and being moreemotional than usual. Asthma, fatigue, headache,nervousness, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, poor memoryand indecisiveness are also frequently reported.If you think you might be hypoglycaemic, you should consultyour GP for advice. Below are suggestions of how you canavoid the condition.• Avoid refined carbohydrates, opting instead for wholegrain options that release sugar into the body at amanageable rate.• Consume fibre-rich carbohydrates with protein at eachmeal and snack. The soluble fibre found in oranges,apples, legumes and oats is particularly effective inslowing the absorption of sugar.• Avoid white products, such as white potatoes and flour,and excess honey, fruit, fruit juice, dried fruit orvegetable juice. The rapid increase in glucose canknock your blood sugar level off kilter.• Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol andtobacco.• Eat several small meals throughout the day, ratherthan having a few large meals.Ingredients500g chicken breasts2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil2 red peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped1 onion, coarsely chopped2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced1 tablespoon mild chilli powder2 teaspoons paprika1 teaspoon ground cumin1 tin diced tomatoes1⁄8 teaspoon sugarpepper to taste8 corn tortillas1 tin pinto or kidney beans1 tomato, diced1⁄2 iceberg lettuce, shredded8 radishes, slicedpickled jalapeño chilli peppers (optional)5 tablespoons soured cream to serveTabasco or other hot chilli sauce to servePreparationSpicy Chicken Tostadas1. Place the chicken in a saucepan with cold water to cover. Bring to theboil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes. Removefrom the heat and leave to cool in the liquid. When cool enough tohandle, drain and shred the meat. Set aside.2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the peppers,onion and garlic. Fry over medium heat for 5 minutes or untilsoftened. Add the chilli powder, paprika and cumin, stir well and cookfor a few more minutes. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice andthe sugar. Simmer for 5–8 minutes or until thick. Season with pepper.Remove from the heat and keep warm.3. Heat a heavy-based frying pan. Fry the tortillas, one at a time, forabout 15 seconds on each side or until slightly crisp and lightly browned.As they are done, keep them warm stacked in a dish towel. Meanwhile,in a small pan, warm the beans in their liquid. Drain well.4. Place 2 toasted tortillas on each plate. Spread with the tomatomixture, then spoon on the beans and spicy chicken. Add the dicedtomato, pickled jalapeños (if using) lettuce and radishes. Finish witha spoonful of reduced-fat sour cream. Serve with Tabasco sauce.• Eat slowly, allowing your body time to absorb all ofthe nutrients. Besides, meal times are meant to beenjoyed, not rushed!If you have a recipe that makes you feel good, why not share it with other members?Email it to media@anxietyuk.org.uk or write to Anxiety UK, Zion CRC,339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 4ZY.Goodmood foodquizFancy yourself as a foodie, do you? Know your way around the kitchen, you say? Prove it and win a prize with ourculinary themed quiz. This month’s prize is a voucher for a free Graze box.1. Name some foods that soluble fibre is found in.2. What do the adrenal glands produce when blood sugar in the body is low?3. Name three symptoms of hypoglycaemia.4. What should we opt for instead of refined carbohydrates?Send your answers back to us by 30th April 2012, including your name and address, to be in with a chance of receivinga voucher for a free Graze box. Good Luck! Email media@anxietyuk.org.uk or write to Anxiety UK, Anxious TimesQuiz, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 4ZY.Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 5


anxious timesSpotlight on…Anxiety in children and young peopleAnxiety isn’t something that has an age restriction. As we grow older we become more able to notice ourpatterns of behaviour and recognise symptoms of anxiety in ourselves and others. But often if we think back, wecan recall these behaviours stretching far back into our childhood where they first began surfacing, even if at thetime we didn’t recognise what was happening.It is now widely understood that most adultand adolescent mental illness begins inchildhood. Joanne, 51, has lived withsocial anxiety for much of her life. “Lookingback, I believe I was suffering from socialanxiety as a young child. Although I was ahappy child and was able to make friendseasily enough at school, I tended to worry alot and lacked self-confidence.”“If I received an invitation to a party I wouldimmediately feel uneasy, and my firstinstinct would be to not want to go. I didn’treally understand why I felt this way but Ijust knew that it made me feel panicky.”Experts estimate that one in ten childrenand young people aged 5-16 suffer from amental health disorder - that is aroundthree children in every school class. Morespecifically, research suggests as many asone in six young people will experience ananxiety related disorder at some point intheir lives.Although children experience thesymptoms of anxiety in much the sameway as adults do, children can respond tothose symptoms very differently, whichleads to problems in diagnosis anddifficulties for parents who are often notsure whether their child is just ‘goingthrough a phase’ which they willeventually grow out of, or if the problemreally constitutes an anxiety disorder.Many children do have short-lived fears -for example, fear of the dark, animals,insects, storms - and for most, no actionneed be taken. It is only when the anxietythat a child experiences becomes sosevere that it begins to interfere with thedaily activities of childhood – for example,attending school, being away fromparents and other significant adults - thatit is advisable to seek professional help.How to support a child oryoung person with anxiety“Generally, children don’t have muchcontrol over their environment and liveswhich is why it is so important for parentsand carers to work with their child toreduce their anxiety,” explains Anxiety UKtherapist, Liz Thompson, who has workedwith children and young people over theyears. “Being the parent of an anxiouschild can be really tough and there aretimes when the parent may feel they don’tknow what they should do to help.”There are a number of things that parentsand carers can do to help their childmanage and deal with anxiety, accordingto Gareth Merga and Jane Platt from SelfHelp Services, Anxiety UK’s sister charity.Eating a healthy diet and regular exercisecan help to reduce feelings of anxiety andimprove concentration and attention. Toptips for a healthy diet include eating threemeals a day with healthy snacks inbetween (never skip meals, particularlybreakfast), eating 5-a-day fruit andvegetables and drinking plenty of water(6-8 glasses a day). Proteins found inmeat, fish and soya products areimportant as well as essential fats such asomega-3 fatty acids. Deficiencies of bothare linked to anxiety and depression inchildren. Exercise can be as little as 30minutes of moderate exercise such ascycling, running, playing sports, swimmingor even just walking.“The most effective forms of psychologicaltreatment for children and young peopleare Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),systemic family therapy or brief solutionfocused therapy,” explain Gareth andJane. “Children and young people canalso access support from their school.Many schools have a learning mentorsystem which can help with emotional andbehavioural problems. There are a varietyof self help techniques that children canuse to learn to manage their anxiety suchas relaxation, problem solving andimproving their general life skills. Havingsomeone to talk to in confidence can bethe best thing for a child with anxiety.”And Anxiety UK Therapist, Liz, adds thatthe benefits of talking with your child goboth ways. “Talking with your child can bedifficult sometimes. But a parent can learna lot from their child through interaction orjust by listening carefully to what they’resaying.”Case StudyNatalia is 14 and has a phobia of injections.She traces this phobia back to when shewas as young as three. “I can remembersitting in the waiting room and hearing theother children and babies cry when theygot their injection,” explained Natalia. “Thathas stayed with me my whole life. The onlyway I can describe how I feel at the thoughtof having an injection is terrified.”Although Natalia doesn’t believe herphobia affects her day-to-day life, it maywell cause difficulties in the future. Forexample, if travelling abroad she may needto have an injection before she goes butthe thought of this would leave her feelingterrified. “I understand phobias and howthey work. I have thought about gettingtreatment for it but I’m just too afraid.”We told Gareth and Jane about Natalia’sstory and they had some advice for her. “Asevere phobia of injections can cause amarked level of debilitation for a youngperson, particularly if that fear preventsthem from accessing important medicaltreatment. If your child is unable to attendimportant medical appointments due totheir injection phobia then you shoulddiscuss this with your child’s GP andrequest a referral to the local Child andAdolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)for further support. Request treatment fromsomebody who is trained in CBT and hasexperience of working with children withblood injury phobia. CBT will help Natalia tolearn to manage her injection phobia butmuch of the treatment will involve Natalialearning to cope with her fear by herself.”The following tips from Gareth and Janeare designed to help a parent to providesupport for someone like Natalia inovercoming her fear:1. Be empathic: If Natalia is afraid of thepain caused by the injection thenacknowledge this pain and showempathy for her suffering. Do not try toreassure her that it ‘won’t hurt’ butacknowledge that there can be somepain from injections but this pain istemporary and soon fades. Ensure shePage 6 Issue 81: SPRING 2012


The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”knows that you are still the caringparent she is used to seeing, despiteyour role in insisting she has theinjection. Try your best not to becomefrustrated with her for feeling afraid andwanting to avoid having the injection.2. Don’t panic: Do your best to remaincalm and confident throughout theprocedure. Natalia will be checking yourreactions to the situation and yourfeedback will directly influence theamount of fear she experiences. IfNatalia sees that you are unafraid thenthat can help to soothe her. However, ifshe sees you reacting with anger,frustration or disappointment (or evensome fear yourself) then this canheighten her anxiety.3. Avoid short sharp shocks: Never try tosurprise Natalia with an injection. Theshock of receiving the needle unawareswill only make her more afraid in futureand may intensify the pain she feels onreceipt of the injection. Allow her thetime she needs to mentally prepare forthe injection. This might seem like thismakes her more anxious in the shortterm or even that you are ‘prolongingthe agony’, but giving her time tobecome anxious and then for thatanxiety to gradually subside over timewill give her the opportunity to feel morerelaxed in future. Don’t try to rush theappointment as this will increase herfeelings of stress and anxiety. Be firmwith the person administering theinjection if they also try to rush you.4. Distraction can help: Anything thattakes Natalia’s attention away from theneedle entering her skin can help her tocope with the pain and fear sheexperiences during injections. Sing asong, read a story, check for messageson her mobile phone. Anything that candistract her for the few seconds it takesto administer the injection.5. Try to reduce the pain: If you are ableto, request thinner and shorter needlesor thinner lancets as this can make thepain of injections more bearable forNatalia. These should be available soalways ask. Applying ice to the injectionsite can also be a useful way to numbthe pain from the prick of the needle.6. Reward her bravery: Every timeNatalia faces her fear of needles andinjections she is taking a big steptowards overcoming her fear. Ensureyou reward her every time she doesthis. A reward can be a verbalacknowledgement, a small treat orpresent. Anything that makes receivingan injection a more positive experiencecan reduce the fear of future injections.7. Don’t let her avoid injections: It can bedifficult for a parent to make their childdo something that they are afraid of. Butallowing her to avoid having injectionswill not help her to overcome her fear inthe long term. Be firm and insist,without forgetting tip number one.8. Be patient: Don’t expect her fear to goaway after one successful appointment.It may take numerous appointmentsbefore Natalia starts to feel less anxiousabout having injections. Try your best notto be frustrated and never tell her thatshe ‘shouldn’t’ be afraid of this any more.Gently remind her that she’s done itbefore and everything went well. Remindher that injections are not as traumatic asher anxiety would have her believe.Other tips from Liz, Garethand Jane for supportinga child or young personwith anxietyThe single most important tip is to listen.Hear what your child is saying and showthem that you care; never ridicule orcriticise your child for how they feel. It canbe difficult for children to articulate howthey feel and they can worry they are'weird' or 'going mental'. Children whosuffer with anxiety will often start to presentwith behavioural problems first because ofthe difficulty they have in expressing theirproblems. If your child is misbehaving, talkto them and try to find out what problemsthey are having. Try not to becomefrustrated with their behaviour and offerthem whatever support they need.Try to make some time in your dailyschedule to play with your child on a 1:1basis. Children feel confident knowingthey have your undivided attention, evenfor just a short period of time.There are many organisations who offersupport for parents of children with anxiety.If you are struggling, then ask for help. Thisdoes not mean you are weak or a badparent. Your GP may know of useful localorganisations or you can access supportby speaking to your child’s school. If yourchild has a significant problem with anxietythen there is only so much you can do tohelp and seeking expert advice can ensureyou and your child get the support needed.There are also a lot of good writtenresources for parents. There areworkbooks that you can use with yourchild to both get a better understanding oftheir problems and how to work on them.However, young people/adolescents oftenfeel its 'un cool' to ask parents for help.Don’t stifle your child with your support ifthey prefer some distance. Instead, leaveself help leaflets around the house. Thiscan reduce their feelings of shame intalking to you about how they feel but stillprovides them with a supportiveenvironment where they can work onlearning to manage their anxiety.Finally, always give your child lots of love,affection, warmth and hugs. Praise theirgood behaviour and ignore the bad.Recommended reading:The Cool Kids AnxietyProgramme comes inboth children andadolescent versions,with workbooks for thechild/young person as well as parents,teachers and therapists. Manuals areavailable from £15 from the Anxiety UKshop at www.anxietyuk.org.uk/shopor by ringing 08444 775 774.Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 7


anxious timesAnxiety UK’s focus on anxiety inchildren and young peopleFor a number of years, Anxiety UK has been acutely aware of how anxiety in children and young people can impact ona child’s education, family life and long-term mental health. The charity receives a great number of calls from concernedparents and teachers each year, whose child or student is struggling with anxiety for the first time.“Anxiety can be distressing for mostpeople,” explained Nicky Lidbetter, AnxietyUK’s CEO. “But when it’s a child, it can beparticularly difficult. Our helpline volunteershave taken a range of calls from parents aswell as teachers. The calls are as diverse asthose we receive from adults but is oftenmore heart-breaking because childrenshould be leading happy, carefree lives.”It is now widely understood that most adultand adolescent mental illness begins inchildhood and evidence shows that earlymental health problems can seriouslyimpact on life chances. In contrast, positivemental health is associated with goodeducational outcomes, productivity andstrong relationships.Help for students with stressIn 2008, with the support of The LewisFamily Charitable Trust, Anxiety UKcommissioned a Children and YoungPeople with Anxiety booklet, whichincluded information for young people aswell as parents and carers. The booklet‘Investing today fora better tomorrow’also has an accompanying DVD, whichrecounts the stories of three young peoplewho have suffered with a range of anxietyconditions.In response to an increase in calls aboutchildren and young people and following onfrom the Government’s announcement ofinvestment of £32 million in psychologicaltherapies for children and young people,Anxiety UK began to establish links withprimary schools throughout the country in2011. The charity’s first step was to get theChildren and Young People with Anxietybooklets and DVDs into as many schoolsas possible – where they would make themost impact. 496 booklets and DVDs weresent to every primary school in GreaterManchester, Cheshire and Lancashire andfurther links were made with schoolsnationally.This was followed by an email to everyprimary school in the country, introducingAnxiety UK and its services to teachers andstaff. The email announced the introductionof a School Membership, where teachersand staff can receive access to a helpline,discounts on books and other usefulmaterial including specialist training and atermly e-bulletin.“Because we have helped over one millionanxiety sufferers since 1970, we are bestplaced to provide advice and assistance toschools when supporting students who areexperiencing anxiety,” shared Lidbetter. “Wehave already had a number of schools joinand are looking forward to working withfurther schools in the coming years..”To find out more about schoolmembership and the resources wehave for children and young people,visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/school-membership-and-resourcesor ring 08444 775 774.In 2011, Anxiety UK joined the Children andYoung People’s Mental Health Coalition,(CYPMHC) which was created in 2010 inresponse to concern about the high level ofmental and emotional distress experiencedby children and young people in the UK.The CYPMHC seeks to influence policy andpractice on a range of issues, including:• The Early Years – to include equippingparents with the knowledge and tools toimprove their children’s mental wellbeingas well as their own• Building Emotional Resilience – toresource children with self-awareness andresilience to meet the challenges ofgrowing up and enjoy good mental health• Reaching Adulthood – to ensureadequate provision of care and flexibleservices for those entering into andadjusting to adulthood• Seldom Heard Voices – to ensure thatminority groups are able to access goodquality support from servicesAnxiety UK joined Action for Children, theMental Health Foundation, Mind, thePrince’s Trust and many others in publiclycommitting to improving the mental healthof children and young people.“We see membership of the Coalition as anessential aspect of delivering high qualityservices to children and young people,”explained Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter.“While improvements to services are beingmade, we know a great deal more needs tobe done. We are hopeful that through thecooperation of the member organisations,improvements and greater understandingcan be achieved for children and youngpeople affected by mental healthdifficulties.”To find out more about the CYPMHC, visitwww.cypmhc.org.uk.Recommended reading:Children and AnxietyBooklet - £3.99Children andAnxiety DVD - £5.00Order online atwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/shop or via thehelpline on 08444 775 774.Page 8 Issue 81: SPRING 2012


The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”Ask UrsulaA chance to ask renowned Clinical Hypnotherapist and Anxiety UK patronUrsula James your anxiety questionsQ QI have been suffering from claustrophobia forabout 6 months now. I find it difficult to sitaround people or to even go out to do myshopping because I think people are staring atme. I haven’t even gone to my GP yetbecause [I can’t face] having to sit aroundother people. What do I do? I’m only 19 andthis is taking over my life.GemmaADear Gemma,The first thing you can do is start to build yourconfidence up. You can do this in a number ofways, but the most important thing is to setyourself small, manageable steps. Write downa few simple things that you would like to do,such as walk to the corner of the street, or awalk in the park, then going to the shops.The most important thing is that you list themin the order of easiest first. Then, sit down,close your eyes, and just imagine that firstjourney. Imagine it as if you were walking tothe corner of the street. Now the first timeyou do this, you might feel anxiety, and that isnormal because it is what you associate withbeing outside. But keep doing it. Do it everyday, a few times a day if you can.Always imagine the simplest of journeysoutside. After a few days of doing this yourbrain will get used to the idea that you aresafe and you can think about actually walkingto the corner of the street. Once you havedone this, draw a line through it and thinkabout the next step.Always build it up gently. Remember, whenyou sleep your brain starts to strengthen theimages of what you have done (or imagineddoing) and makes them much more real. Sothe simple act of imagining yourself doingsomething and being in control will help youto be in control when you actually do it. Littlesteps. You will get there.You can also get the Controlling Anxiety CDat www.anxietyuk.org.uk/shop which willhelp you to feel generally more in control.I have never been told that I have bodydysmorphic disorder but what I have heardabout it matches me. The only difference isthat my flaws are very real. Because of this,I am afraid to leave the house and see peopleexcept when I go to college. When I approachsomeone I know they always smile and seemhappy to see me as though I am normal.How do I know that they are not secretlydisturbed by my face? I have tried lots ofcounselling sessions but they have had noeffect whatsoever. I hate feeling like this.What should I do?MatthewADear Matthew,It is very easy to self-diagnose. Everyone withbody dysmorphic disorder believes their flawsto be real. Do not put labels on yourself.Go and see a doctor and get reassurancethat you do not have this condition; if you dohave it you are in the right place to getprofessional help.That being said, no individual is perfect.We all have odd noses, or ears which don’tline up, or eyebrows that are different. Thedifference between you and others is thatyou have started to focus heavily on thesedifferences. I am sure that your friends andfamily have tried to reassure you that youare actually okay. However, you feel differentand you are obviously not happy with the wayyou look.First of all, I would like to give you a reallyquick and simple way of changing your faceinto an attractive one: smile. Smiling makeseveryone look better. I am sure you don’tparticularly feel like smiling at the moment,but you can try faking it. When you smile andpeople smile back at you, you will start tofeel better about yourself and you move thefocus from yourself.Find something that you enjoy doing andreally get into it. When we are absorbed westop self-monitoring and the habit starts tofade. Finally, I suggest the hero modeltechnique. If you have someone you reallyadmire, say a sportsperson or a movie star,start to imagine how they would act andpretend (just now and then) that you arethem. As you start to behave in a moreconfident way, you will learn to be moreconfident.Finally, you are normal. You are a goodperson. Keep saying these phrases to yourselfand you will start to believe it.QI’m 15 years old and have been experiencinganxiety for a very long time. I’m always gettingpanic attacks at school and I’ve got into thehabit of taking days off because I dread goinginto school due to the fear of my attacks. Ialso worry excessively and instantly think theworse in any situation. I feel like I’m alone andI have no one to talk to and my anxiety iscontrolling me. I constantly cry and get upsetabout it and I feel trapped. I just wish it wouldgo away. Please help.AnonAIf you would like to ask Ursulaa question, emailmedia@anxietyuk.org.ukwith the subject “Ask Ursula”or write toAnxiety UK, Ask Ursula,Zion CRC, 339 Stretford Road,Hulme, Manchester M15 4ZY.I am sad to hear that you do not feel you cantalk to anyone. You are not alone. There isalways someone at Anxiety UK you can talkto and you can access a range of servicesfrom the charity.Speak to your parents and tell them that youwant some help. It really does make adifference if you let other people know what isgoing on in your mind and it does help to talk.Your parents can contact Anxiety UK and getyou the help you need.Life is very precious; too precious to spend itin fear. It also helps to write things down.Keep a diary and you will be able to pinpointthe times that are most disturbing and thosethat are not so disturbing. You can give thema score (e.g. 1 for not very disturbing and 10for very). If you do this you will be able to seea pattern and realise that you are not alwaysanxious. There are some times when it islessened. By doing this you break down yourfears. Remember you are not alone and youcan get help. You need to take the first stepby asking.Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 9


anxious timesAnxiety in children -nature or nurture?By Jessica BrownThe nature versus nurture debate ishistorically ambiguous. When it comes tomental health issues, a mixture ofbiological, genetic, psychological andenvironmental factors can be responsible.The most accepted theory is that themajority of those with anxiety disordershave a biological predisposition and anenvironmental factor, such as a traumaticevent, acts as a trigger. Therefore, it iscommonly accepted that both inheritedgenes and environmental factors areinvolved to varying degrees in most casesof anxiety. Whilst this may sound slightlyinconclusive, it is safe to say that there isno clear-cut answer.Amongst children, anxiety is the mostprevalent mental health problem and signsof an anxious temperament can bedisplayed in early age. In addition to copingwith and understanding anxiety, parentsoften experience feelings of guilt, fearingthat a child’s upbringing is to blame.In a stable family, an anxiety disordercannot be caused simply by nurture. Theonly exception to this is phobias. As we areborn with only two innate fears (loud noisesand falling), phobias can sometimes beinherited from parent’s behaviour.When it comes to anxiety in children,deciphering whether genes or environmenthas more influence is not as important asteaching your child how to perceive andcope with their fears. In a recent issue of‘Psychologies’ magazine, philosopher ofpsychology, Jesse Prinz, says it’s importantnot to succumb to nature: “Having thebelief that you can’t change due to genes isvery limiting to self-development.”A child with anxiety needs to know thatthey don’t just have to accept it. It’simportant to instill into your child a balancebetween positivity and reality. Anxiety cansometimes be a life-long disorder, but howit is perceived and coped with will make it alot easier to deal with.The best thing for a child with anxiety is forthem to grow up knowing that they are incontrol. Humans are transient; we grow,adapt and evolve. There is a better chanceof someone coping with anxiety if they aregiven good tools to do so at a young age.Anxiety itself may not be learned from afamily environment, but courage, strengthand determination can be.Recommended reading:Coping with an anxious ordepressed childDr Sam Cartwright-Hatton£12.99 from the Anxiety UKshop. Order online atwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/shopor via the helpline on 08444 775 774.NHS launchesnon-emergency phone lineA new NHS service number, 111, that dealswith non-emergency calls has beenlaunched by the NHS. The service is forpeople who are in need of medical help oradvice when it is not a 999 emergency.The service is currently only running incertain parts of the country with nationalcoverage expected by April 2013. The areaswhere 111 is currently in place are Luton,County Durham and Darlington,Lincolnshire, Nottingham City, the Isle ofWight, parts of Derbyshire (the Bakewell,Bolsover, Chesterfield and Matlock areas)and Lancashire (excluding West Lancashire).When you ring 111, your needs will beassessed straight away and you will thenbe directed to the service that best meetsyour individual needs. If you are sufferingfrom anxiety and need medical help, youmay feel unsure of whether to ring 111 or999. If you feel that your situation is lifethreatening, for example if you are feelingactively suicidal, you should ring 999.By Rona KirwanHowever, you should call 111 in thefollowing situations:• You need medical help fast• You think you need to go to A&E oranother NHS urgent care service• You don’t know who to call• You don’t have a GP to call• You require health information orreassurance about what to do nextYou can ring 111 24 hours a day, 365days a year.Page 10 Issue 81: SPRING 2012


The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”Anxiety Amongst Public FiguresBy Andy BakerAnxiety can affect anybody. It can placesuch restrictions on lives that it becomeseasy to think that those who have ahappy, successful life must be immunefrom affliction; that they are luckilyuntouched by mental health worries.Often, the world of celebrity gives us areal insight into the lives of seeminglystable minds and provides us with aglimpse of how anxiety can affectanybody. Celebrity confessionals provideus with candid and rich accounts ofmental health troubles. These help to notonly uproot stigma, but provide anxietysufferers from all walks of life with storiesthat echo their own experience, helping toreduce isolation and hopefully directingpeople to help.Figures in the public eye that haverecently spoken about their mental healthtroubles include the footballer and punditStan Collymore, who talked about his lifelongstruggle with depression on Twitter.He felt compelled to open up about hiscondition, with the belief that peopleshould speak freely about mental healthdisorders to reduce the stigma associatedwith them. He wrote: “I'm midway throughthe mother of bouts of depression,something I've had many times in my life,and will continue to till, when, you know.I'm tweeting because the stigma aroundthis illness suggests that us sufferers all ofa sudden become useless, maudlin, andunable to function.”Collymore then urged fellow sufferers toseek help if they are struggling with amental health problem. He added: “Soalthough I'm going on, to those of youwho see no way out of the darkness rightnow, there are millions of us struggling butcontributing like the rest. Mental healthissues don’t mean we don’t contribute, orare insane, or different, it means we haveillness that we address as we do anyother. You're not alone.”Collymore has since gone on to supportDepression Alliance to encourage peopleto talk about mental health. His honestyhas gone a long way to encouragepeople, particularly young men, to talkabout their mental health.Peter Andre spoke in his interview withPiers Morgan about his anxiety, panicattacks and depression, providing an indepthaccount of what brought it out inhim, how it has affected him, how he hid itfrom his family and how the treatment heeventually sought has helped him managehis problems when they surface.Peter described how he felt when hepanicked at the sight of a newspaper thatincluded a photo of his ex, Katie Price,and her then boyfriend, Alex Reid, playingwith Peter’s children. “It killed me…Thatnight I woke up about two in the morningand I felt like I had been hit in the headwith a hammer. I started to panic. It washorrible.” Many who have felt the samegrip of panic are able to identify withPeter’s experience.Another celebrity who has spoken openlyabout her mental health struggles isAnxiety UK's patron, Denise Welch. TheLoose Women presenter, who recentlywon Celebrity Big Brother, has sufferedfrom anxiety and periods of depressionfor much of her life, something she hasspoken openly about on bothprogrammes.Sadly, another seemingly happy andsuccessful public figure, Wales’ footballmanager Gary Speed, committed suicidejust before Christmas. The fact that hisfriends and family were unaware thatGary was unhappy may point to hishaving to carry the burden of depressionalone as a contributing factor to himbeing unable to go on. This acts as astark reminder that it is wise to get helpwith mental health problems rather thenlet them engulf you.We can (and often do) all suffer fromanxiety and mental health problems. Thekey is to get help for them and not tobecome isolated.If you are having difficulties with youranxiety and need support,ring us on 08444 775 774 or emailsupport@anxietyuk.org.uk.Get help- give helpAnxiety UK’s Peer Mentoring EmploymentProject is seeking to recruit Manchesterbased volunteers who have personalexperience of anxiety and feel that they canoffer support and inspiration to others whoare struggling to cope.The Peer Mentoring Employment Project isa support service where a mentee andmentor are matched together based onhaving similar experiences. The relationshipis based on mutual respect with anemphasis on collaboration to develop andachieve personally set goals for both thevolunteer and mentee. These goals mayinclude increasing self-esteem andconfidence or providing more opportunitiesto make new friends, access training andeducation or employment.Many of our volunteers have found thepeer mentoring relationship a rewardingand enjoyable experience. Here is whatJoanne (Peer Mentor) had to say:“Being a mentor has given me such ahuge sense of pride and achievement.I have watched my mentee grow inconfidence and begin to realise theirpotential. I have also gained from theexperience. I feel that I have developed asa person and I feel confident enough toset more and more challenges for myself.It’s been a wonderful opportunity to makea difference to someone’s life and I wouldlike to thank my mentee for making adifference to mine as well.”If you are interested in becoming aPeer Mentor or want to know more,you live in Manchester and are able todedicate at least one hour a week ofyour time for a year, please contact thePeer Mentoring Coordinator for anapplication form on 0161 226 7727 oremail mentoring@anxietyuk.org.ukYou can also download an applicationform: www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/mentoring/Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 11


anxious timesIn good companySince its inception in 1970, Anxiety UK has always been keen to establish linksand partnerships with businesses and organisations who understand anxietyand wish to provide support to those who are living with the condition.Over the years, this has taken on the form ofspecial projects, such as our Children andAnxiety and Toilet Phobia initiatives, as wellas working closely with other charities whoare interested in learning more about anxietyso they can better serve their members.In 2011, the Civil Service Benevolent Fund(CSBF) got in touch with Anxiety UK inresponse to an increase in calls requestinghelp with mental health issues. Created in1884 to provide assistance and advice tothose working in the Civil Service, the CSBFis now a registered charity and providesfinancial aid and support to employees suchas nurses, teachers, the armed forces andemergency service personnel.Following on from an increase in requests forassistance for issues related to mental health,the CSBF launched Health on Your Mind in2011, a joint initiative with the Department ofHealth. At the launch of the initiative, UnaO’Brien CBE, Permanent Secretary at theDepartment of Health, and Sir Stephen LawsKCB QC, First Parliamentary Counsel andPermanent Secretary Chair, Civil ServiceBenevolent Fund, said, “Health on your Mindaims to build on the Government’s mentalhealth strategy ‘No health without mentalhealth’ by raising awareness of mental healthissues in the workplace across the CivilService. It highlights help available to staffwho may be affected by mental health issuesand to managers in supporting them. It aimsto lessen the stigma that still surroundsmental illness.”The scheme brings together a coalition ofmental health organisations, includingAnxiety UK, who are able to provide expertknowledge and support to those who needit. “We are pleased to work with the CSBFand Department of Health on this excitingventure,” said Anxiety UK CEO, NickyLidbetter. “The CSBF refer enquirers who areexperiencing an anxiety related problem andwe will do what we can to help supportthem. This venture is particularly beneficial asthe CSBF will pay for membership services,eliminating financial barriers which, for many,may be contributing to their anxiety.”To find out more about Health on Your Mind,email healthonyourmind@csbf.org.uk, ring0800 056 2424 or visit www.csbf.org.uk.Anxiety UK is also establishing closer linkswith cCBT Limited, makers of the onlinecCBT programme FearFighter, a programmerecognised by the National Institute forHealth and Clinical Excellence (NICE) foranxiety treatment. cCBT generouslysponsored Anxiety UK’s Face Your FearsWeek in 2011, where people wereencouraged to challenge their fears andphobias.“While this next stage of collaboration is verymuch in the early stages, we hope to be ableto provide the FearFighter programme tomembers in the very near future,” explainedNicky Lidbetter. Plans also include providingguided support to those who purchase theprogramme directly from cCBT Limited,thereby increasing Anxiety UK’s exposure toother audiences.For more information about how Anxiety UKand cCBT Limited will be working together,visit www.anxietyuk.org.uk in the comingweeks or ring 08444 775 774 to see whatservices will be available to members.Alternatively, read more about theFearFighter programme by visitingwww.fearfighter.com.RESEARCHHave you experienced…a talking treatment that has made you feel worseor “gone wrong” in some way?Researchers from the University of Sheffield are carrying out a study to find out whathappens when therapy or counselling (any type of talking treatment or psychological therapy)makes someone feel worse or “goes wrong” in some way. This will help us to develop somepractical ways to identify and prevent therapies from failing.If you have experienced therapy as a client or therapist that you feel has gone wrong we arekeen to hear from you. It doesn’t matter whether the therapy took place in the NHS or not, butit must have taken place in England and you must have been 18 years or over at the time.To take part in the study, you will need to complete a questionnaire. After this, you may beasked to take part in an interview or focus group (although there is no obligation to do so).For further information or to complete aquestionnaire, please visit the study website:www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/hsr/mh/mhresearch/adeptPage 12 Issue 81: SPRING 2012


The Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”The Advertising StandardsAgency on the Linden MethodBy Andy BakerYou may or may not have heard of the 'Linden Method'. For those who aren't aware, it is a programme that claims tobe able to help people overcome anxiety in a range of forms. Late in 2011, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA)made an appraisal of some of the claims that the Linden Method had made on its website, resulting in an adjunction forthe company behind the Linden Method to change what the ASA viewed as misleading information.To help you make an informed decision onwhether or not the Linden Method may beof benefit to you, below is a summary ofsome of the points the ASA mentioned:1. The ASA concluded that the claim thatthe Linden Method was 'very likely tolead to a recovery from anxiety in mostor all cases' was misleading, as noobjective 'high-level evidence had beensubmitted as conclusive proof'.Representatives of the Linden Methodhad said that a large number of theirclients had told them that it had helpedthem to recover. The ASA ruled thatclient statements alone could not beused as conclusive proof of medicaleffectiveness.2. The ASA concluded that claims thatsuggested the Linden Method waswidely accepted by the medicalcommunity as a permanent solution tohigh anxiety conditions and that it wasvery likely to lead to recovery weremisleading. They noted that while anumber of healthcare professionals hadmade positive remarks about the abilityof the Linden Method to reduce anxiety,the treatment was not a permanentsolution. The professionals’ remarks alsomentioned the value of other techniques,including cognitive behavioural therapy,hypnosis and drug therapy, amongothers. The ASA concluded that simplybecause some healthcare professionalshad endorsed aspects of the LindenMethod, it did not mean that it waswidely accepted by the medicalcommunity.3. The Linden Method also claimed that itwas the only cure for high-anxietyconditions. The ASA concluded that thisclaim would discourage people fromgoing to their GP or seeking out anyother help for their anxiety. The ASAcould not find any reason to believe thatthe Linden Method was the only cure forhigh-anxiety conditions. Furthermore,because ads must not discourageessential treatment for conditions forwhich medical supervision should besought, such a claim should be revoked.4.The ASA noted that the Committee ofAdvertising Practice code stated that adsshould not contain references to seriousmedical conditions because of the riskthat it might discourage readers fromseeking essential treatment for thoseconditions. The ad made reference toserious medical conditions, includingobsessive compulsive disorder,depression and eating disorders. Becausethe Linden Centre had not suppliedevidence to show that they were qualifiedto treat those conditions, and becausereference to them could discouragereaders from seeking essential treatmentfor them, the ASA concluded that theclaims were misleading.These are just a handful of the points madeby the ASA. If you want to read more,please visit their website www.asa.org.uk.Go to the ‘ASA action’ tab, then to the‘Adjudications’ tab. Type in 'The LindenCentre' and click on the first link.We at Anxiety UK believe that there is no'cure' for anxiety, rather there are ways oflearning to live and cope with it, so that thenegative impact it can have on a person'slife is reduced. Because anxiety affectseveryone in different ways, there is not oneuniversal solution to anxiety in all its forms,but instead many different treatments. Whatmight work for one person may not be thebest solution for another. Indeed to seek toeradicate anxiety would be impossiblesince anxiety is a normal human emotion,just as is, for example, anger.ADVERTISEMENTAnxiety UK is availableto help you find the bestmethod of treatment foryou, so you can betterunderstand and overcomeyour anxiety and lead ahappier life.Members who would likeadditional information candownload an independentreview of the Linden Methodthat Professor Paul Salkovskishas shared with Anxiety UK.This can be found atwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership-services/pwppsychological-wellbeingpractitioners-resources.Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 13


anxious timesNews roundAnxiety andanti-depressantuse on the riseBy Rona KirwanFighting stresswith foodMaking changes to what you eat and yourlifestyle can tackle how you react to stress,according to nutritional therapist, CharlotteWatt’s new book, The de-stress Diet.Not only can feeling stressed and tiredcause us to turn to high calorie or highcarbohydrate foods for some instantenergy but it can also make any excessweight we are carrying harder to lose.Excess stress hormones in the bodyencourage fat storage, making it muchharder to lose weight when you are feelingstressed.Charlotte Watt’s book enables you topinpoint your stress type and gives youadvice on what changes to make thatcould lead to a slimmer, healthier andcalmer 2012.Research has shown that since the onset ofthe credit crunch four years ago cases ofpeople being admitted to hospital for anxietydisorders and panic attacks have risen byone third. Outpatient appointments for thesame conditions could also be on the rise.Some experts believe this rise may becaused by individual’s worries aboutfinances, job security and other concernsabout the current economic situation.The findings have been echoed at AnxietyUK, where we have seen the amount ofcalls to the helpline double and emailsrequesting support rise 400% in the periodof January to February 2009. Since thenrequests for help have continued to rise,with a large number experiencingGeneralised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter, said, “Weare concerned that a mental ill healthepidemic is looming due to financial worriescurrently facing the population”. She alsoadded, “For those who already suffer withanxiety, these times are extremely hard andthe worry can be unbearable.”NICE Guidanceon PTSDThe National Institute for Health andClinical Excellence (NICE) have decided notto review the guidelines for Post TraumaticStress Disorder (PTSD), the instituterevealed in late 2011. The guidelinescurrently set out to improve the recognition,screening and treatment of PTSD.According to NICE, their analysis of 110relevant studies revealed that “no newevidence was identified in these areaswhich would change the direction ofcurrent guideline recommendations.”During consultation, stakeholderssuggested new areas to consider in a futureupdate of the guideline including complexpresentations of PTSD as well as thepossible benefits of Emotional FreedomTechniques (EFT) and trauma incidentreduction for the management of PTSD.NICE routinely reviews all of their guidelinesto ensure that any new developmentsreflect the way conditions should betreated.The NICE PTSD Guidance can be found atwww.nice.org.uk/CG26.Chronicbad breathcan prolongSocial AnxietyDisorderA recent study has shown that chronic badbreath can cause a prolonging of SocialAnxiety Disorder.Bad breath, medically known as Halitosis,can worsen the symptoms of Social AnxietyDisorder and make it difficult for people toovercome the condition even after theyhave treated their condition.The study was conducted by a group ofJapanese psychologists and appeared inthe journal Health and Quality of LifeOutcomes.Is your smartphone causing you stress?Some adults have become so addicted to their smartphones that they sufferfrom anxiety and withdrawal symptoms when they do not receive any textmessages, notifications and emails, according to a study conducted byPsychologists from the University of Worcester.The study showed that some users are so hooked on their smartphones thatthey reported feeling phantom vibrations, making them think they’d receivedtexts or phone calls when they hadn’t.Richard Balding, author of the study said, “So many people have smartphonesnow that the effect they are having on their lives and the amount of time theyare spending on them is, to be honest, quite scary. The amount smartphonesare being used is going up and up with the introduction of new apps.”Anxiety UK is interested in the part technology plays in people’s stress andanxiety levels. The charity is working with business school students at theUniversity of Salford to research whether technology is an aid or a hindrance topeople living with anxiety.Share your feedback on this subject by emailing media@anxietyuk.org.uk,or by visiting us on Twitter (www.anxietyuk.org.uk/twitter)or Facebook (www.anxietyuk.org.uk/facebook).Page 14 Issue 81: SPRING 2012


Provided By: www.TheTeachersCorner.netThe Quarterly Magazine of ANXIETY UK “We are our members”Distraction satisfactionComplete the Anxiety UK crossword for your chance to win one FREE copy ofLiving CBT’s Facing the Fear Mountain and Creating Confidence @ Work CDs.Send your completed puzzle by 30th April to: Anxiety UK, Puzzle Prize, Zion CRC,339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 4ZY. Good luck!Across:1. A type of therapy to make you feelrelaxed and safe while the therapistuses visualisation techniques3. Avoiding doing things that we linkwith feeling bad is the fear of the ….4. Arlynn Presser was determined tomeet all of her facebook friends in aneffort to beat what?11. Not being able to speak in certainplaces such as school is known as?12. The new social work student atAnxiety UK17. An anxiety sometimes felt by youngpeople when away from theirparentsIf you’d like to source future crosswords or have a business who would like to donatea prize, please send us an email: media@anxietyuk.org.ukDown:2. Traditionally eaten at easter time5. A baby cow is called a6. Who is the inspirational quote in thisissue by?7. The season between winter andsummer8. The chemicals released in your bodyduring exercise9. An intense feeling of fear and anxietyabout going to school10. A fear of visiting the dentist is alsoknown as?13. In Christianity, the period where it istradition to give something up isknown as?14. The parents workbook aimed atparents of anxiouschildren/adolescents15. What month in 2013 is the new 111service expected to go national by?16. The G in GAD stands for?Anxiety UK’s new image!In 2011, we asked members and supporters what our new logo strap-lineshould be. The strap-line is the text that sits directly underneath the mainlogo and previously said ‘The Anxiety Disorders Charity.’“We have done a lot in recent years tofreshen up our image, including rebrandingthree years ago and re-designingour website in 2010,” explained TerriTorevell, Anxiety UK’s CommunicationsOfficer. “The charity has been keen to usethe logo to sum up what we can do tosupport anxiety sufferers.”After consulting with members,supporters, staff and trustees, the phrase‘Here for you’ was chosen earlier this year.“I’d like to thank everyone who madesuggestions and ultimately contributed tothe final choice,” said Nicky Lidbetter,Anxiety UK’s CEO. “Since 1970, thecharity has been there for those sufferingwith anxiety. The phrase ‘Here for you’perfectly explains the message we’dlike people to come away with whenthey contact us.”We expect the new logo to be fullyoperational very shortly. Many thanksto everyone that suggested changesand helped choose the final design.And many thanks to graphic designers,Wigwam Creative, who created thefinal design.We’d love to hear what you think.Email media@anxietyuk.org.ukand let us know what you thinkof the new logo.Issue 81: SPRING 2012 Page 15


anxious timesAnxiety UK applauds Americanwoman’s extraordinary effortsto overcome agoraphobiaEvery year, many of us make a New Year’s resolution. A great number of people resolve to be morephysically fit, to eat more healthily or to spend more quality time with their family. But one Americanwoman’s resolution was much greater. Arlynn Presser, an agoraphobic since her teens, wasdetermined to meet all 324 of her Facebook friends in an effort to beat her anxiety.Like many with thecondition, Arlynn’sagoraphobia triggeredintense panic attacks,making it impossible forher to leave her homeand for a time wasunable to leave her bedroom. But this timelast year, she made the daunting decisionto travel the world to meet each of herFacebook friends.At the beginning of 2011 she said on herblog, “I’m scared of travel. I’m scared offlying. I’m scared of just about anythingoutside my door. I probably use Facebookto keep in touch with my friends in a waythat may be good or might just give me afalse sense of intimacy… I will meet everyone of my Facebook friends this year, and Ifigure I’m going to be surprised. A lot.”At the end of 2011, Arlynn had managed tomeet 292 friends, travelling to 11 countries.“Arlynn’s efforts are a huge inspiration toanyone who struggles with anxiety,”explains Nicky Lidbetter, Anxiety UK’s CEO,who herself has lived with agoraphobia formore than 20 years. “Arlynn has displayedextraordinary courage and as a result is nolonger a prisoner in her own home. Wewould like to encourage those who arestruggling to take inspiration from Arlynnand to take steps to overcome their fears.”While Arlynn still gets panic attacks, she isnow better prepared to work through them.Indeed that is the experience of manypeople who, with the help and support ofAnxiety UK, are able to manage theiranxiety long term. While a person maynever be totally free from their anxiety,learning to take steps to better manage itin the future is the key.We support thousands of people eachyear who are struggling with anxiety andencourage anyone who needs support toget in touch. Nicky Lidbetter continues,“Nobody struggling with anxiety need sufferalone. We can do so much to help.”Recommended reading:Overcoming Panic andAgoraphobia -Derrick Silove andVijaya Manicavasagar£10.99 from the AnxietyUK shop. Order online atwww.anxietyuk.org.uk/shop orvia the helpline on 08444 775 774.Page 16 Issue 81: SPRING 2012

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