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 it’s 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.
Listen below to Racing TV Broadcaster Tom Stanley talk openly about his experience of living with anxiety and the tools he found useful to manage it. Sports Psychologist Dr Will McConn-Palfreyman gives a professional and personal insight into managing anxiety and his top tips for dealing with it:
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.
11 tips for coming out of lockdown
1. Go at your own pace
2. Do not avoid things entirely
3. Get your information from the right sources
4. Discuss any changes with others
5. Make time to relax
6. Challenge unhelpful thoughts
7. Tell someone how you feel
8. Plan social occasions
9. Find routine where you can
10. Write down your thoughts
11. Focus on the present
For more information on the above tips you can visit the NHS website
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. You can contact us in the following ways:
- call us on 0800 6300 443
- Speak to a trained counsellor here
You may also find the following information helpful:
- Looking after your mental wellbeing
- 5 steps for better mental wellbeing
- Practice self-care
- Manage stress
- Online cognitive behavioural therapy
Do not hestitate to contact us – you are never alone.
For more in-depth information about anxiety disorders please go to: