Anxiety can be a crippling and debilitating mental health condition for people who suffer from it. Many of us will experience moments of anxiety at some point in our lives, however, some people suffer daily from crippling anxiety, a condition also known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (known as GAD).

For people who experience anxiety, depression is also a common co-occurring mental health disorder. Not only are depression and anxiety conditions linked, but addiction too. Individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression are much more likely to have a substance addiction.

This can be because people who suffer from mental health conditions turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate and alleviate symptoms of anxiety, which can then form an addiction. For anyone who is suffering from a mental health issue and a drug or alcohol addiction, at Ocean Recovery we offer dual diagnosis treatment which aims to target and treat both elements. Dual diagnosis treatment consists of an initial detox or withdrawal from the addicted substance, followed by therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy and wellbeing therapies.

Get in touch with us today if you would like to find out more about our available treatments.


Do I Have Anxiety?

Anxiety causes intense feelings of crippling fear and worry which are persistent. The worry that you may be experiencing will not match the gravity of the situation you are anxious about, and it may disrupt your daily routine. Many people who have a generalised anxiety disorder also experience panic attacks, which causes sweating, increased heart rate, hyperventilation, and a feeling of helplessness.

If feelings of anxiousness are affecting your daily life and routine, it may be time to seek treatment or medical help. Anxiety is much more common than is widely thought, so you should not hesitate to contact somebody if you are struggling.

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, take our test below to find out your results.


Anxiety Self-Assessment Test

We recommend answering the below questions with how you have felt over the past month. Your test result is not an official diagnosis – it is an indicator that you may have anxiety.

1.How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
2.How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?
3.How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
4.How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
5.How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?
6.How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
7.How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
8.How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking?
9.Have you or someone else been injured because of your drinking?
10.Has a relative, friend, doctor, or other health care worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: June 16, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.