I’ve had all the symptoms of anxiety in the book and I can tell you that behind every symptom there was a lingering question in my head which was; “is This The One That Will End Me?” Thankfully, not one of my irrational fears ever came true.
Temporary episodes of anxiety are common. However, frequent cases of chronic, extreme, and increased fear and worry about different routine situations can be regarded and diagnosed as symptoms of anxiety disorder. In most cases, anxiety may be marked by repeated bouts of panic attacks.
Feelings of panic and anxiety often adversely affect daily life and activities. They are disproportionate to the level of real danger, difficult to manage if you have no strategy and just rely on willpower, and may persist for a long period. Sufferers may even avoid trigger situations and/or places to prevent the onset of anxiety, I know I did for 6 years. The symptoms of anxiety may begin in childhood or adolescence and persist into adulthood.
Different types of anxiety disorder include agoraphobia, panic disorder, selective mutism, substance-induced anxiety, GAD, social anxiety, separation anxiety disorder, and certain phobias, etc.
People may suffer from more than one type of anxiety disorder. Risk of development for anxiety may increase due to factors like traumatic experiences, inherited traits, other underlying mental conditions, side-effect of medications, illness-related stress, alcohol/drug abuse, or certain personality types. But no matter what, my approach is always the same:
“Let’s Stop Calling It A Mental Illness, And Start Calling It What It Truly Is; A Temporary State Of Wrongful Programming.”
Symptoms of Anxiety
Some of the common signs and symptoms of anxiety are listed below:
- Sense of looming doom, panic, or danger
- Feeling tense, nervous, uneasy, fearful, or restless
- Higher heart rate or palpitations
- Tingling or numb sensations in feet or hands
- Increased perspiration; sweaty or cold feet or hands
- Hyperventilation or rapid breathing, breathlessness
- Shaking or trembling
- Concentration problems; not able to think about things other than cause of anxiety and worry
- Difficulties in controlling worry
- Dry mouth
- Increased tiredness and weakness
- Sleeping troubles
- Occurrence of gastrointestinal issues
- Inability to remain calm or still
- Desire to avoid situations/things/places that activate anxiety
- Tensed muscles
- Some of the complications associated with extreme anxiety include
- Other mental health conditions like depression, etc.
- Insomnia or other sleep problems
- Substance abuse
- Chronic pain and headaches
- Bowel or digestion issues
- Poor or substandard quality of life
- Problems functioning at school or work
- Adverse affect on work or school life functioning
- Social isolation
Treatments for Anxiety in Today’s World
In today’s world of first line of treatments for anxiety, it is primarily treated via medications and psychotherapy. A combination of the two treatment options provide relief for some, but many people feel they cannot see themselves relying on a pill for their entire lives. Doctors may also try out a few options before finding one which works the best to alleviate anxiety for you (ya this one didn’t work well for me either).
In psychotherapy, psychological counseling, or talk therapy, patients work with their therapist for alleviation of anxiety. One of the most effective forms of coaching however is CBT/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Among many things, the therapy may involve gradual exposure to things or situations that trigger anxiety, imparting specific skills for anxiety relief, and teaching changes in behaviour.
The main thing to understand is that every person’s anxiety struggles is unique. This is why becoming knowledgable is the first step towards overcoming anxiety for good, not temporarily. As long and draining as the struggle might be for you, understand that you are always one good mentor away from transforming your belief patterns, and changing the way you feel. Welcome to this amazing site warrior.
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