When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users.
The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
All types of anxiety disorders can be very debilitating and seriously affect a person’s quality of life. Depression is very common in people with an anxiety disorder, and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish one from the other because either or both can be accompanied by anxious feelings, agitation, insomnia, and problems with concentration.
Social phobias and OCD also increase the risk of suicide. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
If a person has an anxiety disorder and a mood disorders (such as depression), the risk for suicide is even higher.
“It felt as though I was suddenly upside down, dangling from the Earth by my feet and that I was going to fall from the ground into the sky.” During a panic attack Jeremy needed to get inside a building so that he could feel safe from the feeling that he could fall into open space.
Being able to access somewhere at a moments notice was essential.