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What is anxiety?

Whilst it is normal for everyone to feel nervous and anxious on occasions, experiencing intense anxiety for a prolonged period of time may indicate that you have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are psychiatric conditions that can have a debilitating impact on an individual’s mental wellbeing and their ability to function effectively on a daily basis.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, our psychologists and psychiatrists understand that a person suffering with anxiety deals with acute and enduring symptoms that will require professional help to overcome. Our centre in Dubai delivers comprehensive and bespoke anxiety treatment programmes in order to address the triggers and symptoms of your anxiety, enabling you to regain control of your life and achieve positive mental wellbeing.

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person, and depending on the type of anxiety that you are suffering from. However, the following are all signs that an anxiety disorder may be present:

Psychological symptoms of anxiety:

  • Persistent worry and dread
  • Stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Anger and irritability
  • Tearfulness
  • Feeling emotionally tired
  • Impatience
  • Poor judgement
  • Substance abuse

Physical symptoms of anxiety:

  • Shaking and palpitations
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Loose bowels and frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle tension and tiredness
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Increased or reduced sleep

Treatment for anxiety in Dubai

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, we understand that effective psychiatric treatment can alleviate the distress that is associated with anxiety. Our specialist psychiatrists and psychologists can equip you with tried and tested strategies to help you to cope with your symptoms and resolve the underlying issues that are causing your anxiety. Anxiety treatment at our Dubai centre may include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a widely used form of psychotherapy that aims to challenge and address unhealthy thought patterns
  • Medication – usually antidepressants, that work to complement the CBT
  • Exposure – reintroducing an individual to something that causes them anxiety, in carefully controlled steps

What causes anxiety?

Research suggests that there are a number of factors that may make an individual more susceptible to developing some form of anxiety. These include:

  • Genetics - having a close relative such as a parent or sibling who has an anxiety disorder. This may be due to hereditary or environmental influences.
  • Exposure to trauma or instability – this reduces your ability to manage stress effectively
  • Other environmental factors – such as stress, unemployment or financial difficulties
  • Physical or mental health problems – anxiety can be exacerbated by physical health conditions and existing psychiatric problems

What can I do to reduce my anxiety?

If you think that you may be suffering from anxiety, it is important to seek professional help in order to receive established anxiety treatment from qualified psychiatrists and psychologists. However, there are a number of practical steps that you can take yourself, in order to try and limit your anxiety symptoms:

  • Avoid smoking and taking drugs
  • Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Try to get enough sleep
  • Avoid trying to do too much
  • Make time for relaxation and activities that you enjoy
  • Make a list of all of your worries, and try to tackle each one in turn
  • Ask yourself: “what is the worst thing that could happen”?

What are the different types of anxiety?

Anxiety can manifest in a variety of ways and encompasses a range of underlying disorders, which each have their own unique symptoms. Different types of anxiety include:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) - characterised by incessant worrying and being unable to relax, which prevents enjoyment of day-to-day life
  • Social anxiety disorder - characterised by experiencing distress and anxiety in situations that involve being observed by, or interacting with, other people
  • Panic disorder - characterised by unexpected bouts of acute anxiety that often occur alongside physical symptoms
  • Specific phobias - characterised by experiencing excessive fear in response to a specific object or situation

For further information on anxiety treatment in Dubai call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.


Maartje Suijskens, Counsellor

This page was clinically reviewed by Maartje Suijskens (BSc, MSc Educational Science, PMSc Mental Health, Counsellor DHCC) in March 2019, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in March 2021. Maartje is a Dutch-trained registered healthcare psychologist and clinical child, family and special education professional. She has 6 years of experience in psychological and educational assessment and therapy. Maartje provides psychological counselling/therapy, in both English and Dutch, for children, adolescents, adults and the families of those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. View Maartje's full profile here.