What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is part of human nature. Now and then, people get upset, disappointed, frustrated and worried. Anxiety happens when a person becomes worried if things get out of hand or fall short of their expected outcome. This is perfectly normal, but when the worrying becomes too much that it affects your performance at school or at work, your ability to concentrate and your sleeping patterns, then, your anxiety is becoming a problem. According to Emily Guarnotta, PsyD, a licensed psychologist in New York, “Anxiety is too much worry or fear, so much that affects your emotional state, relationships, and ability to perform at work or school. Having some mild anxiety from time to time is normal, but anxiety can turn into a disorder when it reaches a point of interfering with your life.” The alarming point to this is that even kids and teens can suffer from it, not just adults.
Anxiety involves the human body and mind. And it is having the said condition present in every person since it is the natural alarm system that rings off when threat or danger seemed to be anticipated. Anxiety is characterized as having body trembling, stomach discomfort, tensed muscles, difficulty in breathing, sweating palms and rapid heartbeat. According to Alicia H. Clark, PsyD, “Anxiety is horribly uncomfortable, and makes us want to do whatever it takes to make it stop.” These reactions came about due to a sudden rush of adrenaline and the chemicals in the body that reacts when danger is anticipated. These reactions can come in from mild to an extreme level.
Mild anxiety is characterized as having that nervousness while intense anxiety included the feeling for panic and fear. Anxiety comes in many different situations, but the bottom line is it triggers worry, uneasiness, and discomfort in the person. Anxiety also comes in when the person has that fear of meeting new people, of making new impressions, being rejected and so many more.
Anxiety can enhance a person’s concentration on things that can bring probable danger to him. It can also cause feelings of overwhelming clumsiness and even being tongue-tied.
Anxiety can happen to anyone, and that is regardless of gender and age. Furthermore, anxiety has several forms, and each has different indicators. But still, despite their differences, the bottom point is when anxiety comes in, the impact is powerful. And it leaves a very significant negative mark on the affected person and the people around him as well. (Most abused kids and teens have some type of anxiety disorder, if not depression.)
Different Types of Anxiety Disorders:
- Generalized anxiety. This is a common type of anxiety. People who are experiencing this disorder worries about the usual things that people worry about. Symptoms include: having tight muscles, chest pain, being tired all the time, headache, vomiting, and stomachaches.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. People with OCD is characterized as having that obsessions and compulsions.
- Phobias. This is people’s irrational fear or aversion over certain things. With this, a person tends to avoid exposing themselves to their fears
- Social Phobia. This anxiety comes through when you have that fear of mingling in social circles or speaking with other people. According to Paulette Sherman PsyD, “Social anxiety is about the person suffering from it — it stems from their own feelings and symptoms about interacting socially in general.” The extreme form of such is called selective mutism.
- Panic Attacks. This anxiety comes in even with no reason. The worst form of said anxiety is called the Agoraphobia. This causes the person to avoid places that may trigger a panic episode.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a disorder that is caused by traumatic experiences.
How Anxiety Disorders Affect People
Anxiety is characterized mainly by worrying too much. A person afflicted with this condition usually have sleeping problems, inability to concentrate, lacks confidence, appetite loss and a changed outlook in life. Others may perceive him as weak and even falsely judged.
A person affected by this condition doesn’t need all these. Instead, he requires patience and understanding from the people around him.
Some with the disorder blame themselves for getting into this kind of situation. They feel ashamed and even label themselves weak because of this.
The Causes Of The Disorders
There are no specifics on what causes anxiety. But it was perceived by experts that overactive responses, genetics, and brain biochemistry have something to do with it. Each person with an anxiety disorder can point out some factors that trigger their anxiety.
Usually, going to a medical professional is the first thing that will be recommended. They can examine the symptoms and run some tests before coming with a diagnosis.
CBT is the most common therapy recommended for people with anxiety disorders. CBT teaches the person new ways to react and deal on specific situations that can trigger their anxiety.
What To Do
- Speak up. Anxiety remains uncured not until you do something about it. You can first tell your family about this and elicit their help overcoming this situation.
- See a doctor. Visit the nearest medical professional whose specialization has to do with dealing with anxieties. They are the only reliable professional who can help you deal with this kind of problem.
- Work with the Mental Professional. You can seek the recommendations of other medical professionals on how to deal with anxiety.
- Regular Physical Activity. Getting into physical activities like working out, jogging and walking can help ease your mind off your worries. Doing so also will refresh your mind and keep it from thinking about negative thoughts.
Anxiety is a condition that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Though it is manageable, still, it should be surpassed with professional help for the sake of your overall well-being.