What is dehydration anxiety and its symptoms?

Dehydration anxiety is the fear that drinking enough water and staying hydrated will not be enough to prevent or reduce the symptoms of panic attacks, high blood pressure, or an elevated heart rate.

It is important to remember that drinking plenty of water and staying properly hydrated can help to decrease feelings of anxiousness as well as provide numerous other health benefits.

Although drinking enough water will not cure or prevent mental health issues such as panic attacks, it can help to reduce symptoms and make coping easier. Properly hydrating the body will promote a sense of overall well-being, aid in digestion and energy levels, and slow down the process of ageing.

So if you are feeling anxious or having difficulty regulating your emotions, it might be time to check your water intake and make sure you are getting enough.

It is important to remember that anxiety drinking – when someone drinks more than their normal amount of water out of fear for not having enough – can actually lead to dehydration as well. Symptoms of dehydration can include headache, fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, and increased heart rate.

If you are worried that you might be experiencing dehydration anxiety or other mental health issues it is important to reach out for help so that you can create a plan of action to stay properly hydrated and manage your symptoms.


How would you know if you are having a dehydration anxiety attack?

If you are having a dehydration anxiety attack, you may experience symptoms such as an elevated heart rate and/or high blood pressure, fear of not drinking enough water or being dehydrated, and difficulty regulating your emotions. You might also feel a sense of panic or dread which can make it hard to go about your day-to-day activities.

It is important to check in with yourself and acknowledge how you are feeling. If you think that you might be experiencing a dehydration anxiety attack or any other mental health issue, it is essential to reach out for help and support so that you can create an action plan to stay properly hydrated and manage your symptoms.

It’s important to note that drinking alcohol will have a negative effect towards dehydration. Not only is it bad, especially heavy drinking but the effects of alcohol in general towards anxiety is not positive. Stop drinking, maintain your body weight and make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and exercise, along with a balanced diet and you can lessen the effects and regularity of dehydration anxiety attacks.

How therapy and counselling can help with dehydration anxiety attacks?

Therapy and counselling can provide support to those suffering from dehydration anxiety attacks and other mental health issues. A counsellor or therapist will be able to help you identify the triggers of your anxiety, work on relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation, and create an action plan to ensure that your body is properly hydrated. With their help, you can also learn how to manage and regulate your emotions in a healthy way.

Therapy and counselling can be an incredibly beneficial tool when it comes to helping someone cope with dehydration anxiety attacks and other mental health issues. Talking through your feelings with a professional can help you find the best coping mechanism for yourself which will enable you to stay hydrated and manage your symptoms.

By understanding the health benefits of drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated, as well as learning relaxation techniques to help reduce anxiety levels, dehydration anxiety attacks can be managed with the help of therapy and counselling. It is important to remember that reaching out for support is essential in order to ensure that you can stay healthy and cope with mental health issues.


About Guildford Therapy and Brian Shand

As a professional psychotherapist in Surrey, I am accredited, qualified, and experienced. I offer a secure and confidential space for individuals to explore any issues they may be facing. Based in a medical centre near Guildford, I provide counselling and psychotherapy for common conditions such as depression, anxiety, and loneliness. My approach is friendly and supportive.

I understand that reaching out to someone you don’t know to discuss personal issues can be daunting. Rest assured, I have extensive professional experience in mental health. I have worked in the psychotherapy departments of NHS hospitals in Surrey and have supervised the work of psychiatrists and other psychotherapists.

Throughout my career, I have collaborated with individuals of varying ages, backgrounds and challenges. I am a qualified group analytic psychotherapist in private practice in Surrey, and one of the few in the area. In addition to group therapy, I also provide individual counselling.

I trained at and am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA). The IGA is the UK’s main institute for training group psychotherapists. It emphasizes the way in which our minds are formed through social, multi-personal relationships.

At the IGA I was awarded an MSc in group analysis. I have a special interest in the experience of those who grew up without brothers and sisters. I also have a WPF Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes.

Please contact me today either by phone or by using the quick online contact form. If we agree to meet first, then we will conduct a 2-3 hour initial assessment to understand your situation and determine how I can assist you in achieving your therapeutic goals. I am excited to hear from you!