What is General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
If you or someone you know is working in or retired from racing and experiencing 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 issue. 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:
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.
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:
Racing Welfare’s 24 hour support line enables people to access support and
guidance through digital and telephone options.