Everyday anxiety disorders affect the ability of millions of men and women to live a normal and happy life. This is not about the everyday stressor’s, its an overwhelming feeling of stress, worry, impending gloom so severe they interfere with the ability to work, maintain relationships and even get a good nights sleep.
Types of Anxiety
General Anxiety Disorder
Sufferers experience excessive worry and tension, even if there is nothing rational to worry about.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
People suffering from PTSD experience long lasting memories of traumatic events, such as fighting a battle or being sexually or physically assaulted, psychologically abused, a debilitating clinical or medical procedure and experience, not to mention many more.
One’s inability to escape these intense recollections makes them emotionally vulnerable, numb and anxious.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder causes overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations and interaction.
Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour (OCD)
OCD causes sufferers to experience constant anxiety and fears that cause them to perform certain ritual or routines
Causes people to experience terror – panic attacks, suddenly and without warning. Syptoms can resemble a heart attack.
Suffers have an intense irrational fear of a specific object or situation
Some Physical Symptoms to Look for
Pounding heart – Excessive sweating – Choking sensation – Dizziness or vertigo – Shortness of Breath – Flushers or Chills – Insomnia or Exhaustion – Fear of loosing control – Panic attacks.
Feeling of Dread – Concentration problems – inneretention and nervousness – Catastrophic thinking – Irritability and Edginess – Fear of loosing control – Loss of self esteem.
What Causers Anxiety
The exact causes differ between individual including gender. Some anxieties may be triggered by traumatic life events. For others childhood experiences, genetics, alcohol or substance abuse, sleep deprivation could be the root cause.
However Stress appears to play a major role in almost all sufferers. Stress can lead to an imbalance of anxiety regulators neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) such as Noradrenaline , Serotonin and Gammaminobatyric acid. When there is an imbalance in these natural chemical life altering anxiety could be the result.
How do I get better
My suggestion is what you do not do and that is to ignore the symptom’s and think they will just go away. This strategy is prevalent amongst men (not so much females) and rarely works.
If untreated Anxiety will not only get worse it will lead to ailments which maybe life threatening like Heart attacks, Strokes etc.
Lifestyle changes can reduce anxiety however if severe it is important that you “reach out” and get professional support, either from a therapist or your GP.
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