Anxiety and depression are today most common mental health concerns. How many times does it happen that you have a presentation and just before it you feel your hands and legs trembling or you have a meeting with your boss, but feel restless and sweat frantically or a few hours before your wedding, you feel something strange or moments before your stage performance, you feel like running away. Well, this is normal. All these things are nothing to worry about.
Getting anxious or nervous is normal. In our day to day lives, we face many situations that give chills down our spine. This is a kind of our emotional response to these situations. The problem arises when this anxiety interferes with a normal living. If a person tends to get nervous to a level of panic even in easy situations. This is the time when you should realize that something is seriously wrong with you and you must take some serious action to counter this anxiety disorder.
There are many types of anxiety disorders like panic disorders, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorders and social anxiety disorder.
An anxiety disorder is a bound and determines mental illness. This disorder does not leat a person to lead a care- free, laidback and a normal lifestyle. The person is often under constant fear and worry and couldn’t behave normally even in normal situations. It needs attention. Remember, the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder is that, normal anxiety will never cause you sufferings and dysfunction, but anxiety disorder does.
Sometimes a person do not understand when the normal anxiety crosses its line becomes a disorder. When you notice in yourself, the below mentioned anxiety symptoms, it is time for you to take some serious action.
Excessive worrying is a major symptom of GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). GAD is the most common type of anxiety. Stressing over little things in day to day life can be dangerous. If you notice yourself worrying on most of the days of a week for over six months, you have fallen prey to GAD. You will also feel symptoms like fatigue.
In the case of GAD, it means having persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week, for six months. Also, the anxiety must be so bad that it interferes with daily life and is accompanied by noticeable symptoms, such as fatigue.
When you feel it difficult to fall asleep, it is an alarm for you to understand that something is wrong. If you spend your night tossing in the bed generally, it is not a good sign.
Facing sleep problems a day before an interview, presentation or exam is acceptable, but if it happens all the time, it might be anxiety disorder.
Sometime anxiety is not generalized, it occurs due to certain situations or fear, like fear of animals, water, crowd, height, et al. If this fear becomes way too much, it becomes risk and turn into serious phobia which is a kind of anxiety disorder.
When you a person clenching his teeth or balling his fist, you know he is worried. But, when this becomes constant, it is anxiety disorder. If you are subjected to constant muscle tension, you are suffering from an anxiety disorder.
The best way to treat this muscle tension is to exercise regularly.
Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms, like chronic digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by cramping , stomach aches, constipation, bloating, gas, and/or diarrhea, “is basically an anxiety in the digestive tract,” Winston says.
IBS isn’t always related to anxiety, but the two often occur together and can make each other worse. The gut is very sensitive to psychological stress—and, vice versa, the physical and social discomfort of chronic digestive problems can make a person feel more anxious.
Fear Of Stage And Socializing
Stage fright is common, but if you feel it to such an extent that no therapy, practice or coaching cools you down, then this must be social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder. The people suffering from this anxiety disorder also feel awkward while socializing and is quite a loner. These people also worry about the fact that, how they are judged by other people.
Again, a social anxiety disorder. Like I said in the previous point, the people fear the judgement of other for them and feel uncomfortable in public. They feel like all eyes are on them. They present with nausea, trembling limbs, profuse sweating, and difficulty to talk and often blush. They fear one- on -one conversation, meeting new people, eating and drinking in front of all the people, et al.
A sudden feeling of fear accompanied with helplessness and physical symptoms like breathing problems, increase in heartbeat, numb hands, tingling sensations, profuse sweating, dizziness, chest pain, feeling cold or hot and stomach pain, are all the symptoms of panic attack. Panic attacks do not necessarily mean anxiety disorder. But, if one experiences them time and again, then it is anxiety disorder.
Every person has experienced some or the other, moderate or severe, traumatic or disturbing event like an accident, sudden death of a close person, violent encounter. If a person relives it time and again and couldn’t cope up with it, then it is PTSD (Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder), a serious anxiety disorder.
A person, always questioning himself and his identity and abilities, it may be a feature of anxiety disorder.
Perfectionism And Compulsive Obsessive Behaviour
Too much perfectionism goes parallel with anxiety disorder. A person who fear making mistakes and go down his standard, is suffering from anxiety disorder. If a person is obsessive about some or the other thing, mental or physical, like washing hands again and again, et al, it is a symptom of anxiety disorder. The person often behaves unreasonable.
The symptoms of anxiety disorders may be moderate or severe; tacking them at a correct time is a must.