Stress and worry

It’s normal for people to experience feelings of anxiety after diagnosis of or treatment for and illness or injury. People often find that they worry about their health worsening, being able to cope and uncertainty about the future.

These are all normal reactions and there are ways to help you manage these thoughts, emotions and reactions, which will make you feel better in time.


  • Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress and threat and is not dangerous. Anxiety symptoms are part of the fight or flight response.
  • Anxiety often becomes a vicious circle
  • Anxiety can lead people to avoiding certain things or situations. Avoidance makes anxiety worse so it’s important to face feared situations gradually to get used to them and reduce anxiety.

Coping strategies


Workbook on managing anxiety (Produced by Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust)

Further reading

What is anxiety? (276kb)
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Information about anxiety (276kb)
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Useful books

Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Panic: A Five Areas Approach by Chris Williams.
Overcoming Anxiety by Helen Kennerley.
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway: The Phenomenal Classic That Has Changed the Lives of Millions by Susan J. Jeffers.
Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman
The Worry Cure: Stop Worrying and Start Living by Robert L. Leahy