Are you or someone you know

Suffering with Anxiety

What is General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

If you or someone you know is working in or retired from racing and suffering with anxiety then we are here to help you and support you.

Anxiety is often related to the 'fight or flight' response and can be a normal biological reaction. We all experience anxiety at times and its common to feel tense or nervous when dealing with stressful life events or decisions.  In fact, sometimes anxiety can be useful to help motivate us or help us to avoid dangerous situations. 

It can be hard to define when anxiety becomes a more serious mental health problem. However, a guide would be when anxiety becomes more severe, long lasting and/or when it interferes with someone's work or relationships.

Symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

The symptoms of anxiety can range from mild uneasiness to having a terrifying panic attack. Symptoms can last a few moments or may go on for many years.

How to get support

There are many different types of anxiety disorders.  The main ones are Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else's mental health then always consult a GP in the first instance.

Racing Welfare can provide a range of support from a listening ear to online cognitive behavioural therapy.  We can also help with arranging face to face support with a member of our welfare team and/or with a professional counsellor. Do not hesitate to call us on:

0800 6300 443

If you would prefer to chat online you can use our live chat service. Our service is free and fully confidential.

Useful links

For more in-depth information about anxiety disorders please go to:

NHS - Anxiety

MIND - Anxiety

Anxiety UK 


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