The good news is that they can be easily treated, with the aid of either talking sessions or certain medications.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety can be described as a sensation of tension and fear. On top of that, one might also experience an unpleasant physical symptom as well: shaking, feeling sick, chest pain, fast breathing, and others as well.
The reason why we experience physical symptoms is because the brain sends numerous messages through nerves to different parts of the body. Because of that, the heart, the lungs, and other parts of the body work faster.
When you are anxious you also release stress hormones into the bloodstream, which can also cause the physical symptoms.
In stressful situations anxiety is welcomed, and also helpful. For example when we are in a dangerous situation, such as one threatens us, we usually respond because of the adrenaline sent into the body. However, there are cases when anxiety is abnormal.
For example, there are people who experience very high levels of anxiety in stressful situations. In some of the people, the anxiety persists even after the stressful situation disappeared. Also, some will feel it under normal circumstances, when they should not feel it.
There are certain disorders where anxiety is the main symptom. These are called anxiety disorders, and in many of the cases they interfere with the daily activities.
It has been stated that 1 in 20 people will suffer of an anxiety disorder at least once in their life. There are various anxiety disorders.
The Most Common Anxiety Disorders
One of these disorders is the acute reaction to stress. A person, who suffers of it, will suffer of anxiety for a very long period of time, and the anxiety will be triggered very fast.
Sometimes the anxiety is triggered before a certain event, which that person knows that it will be difficult to handle, such as speaking in public. People who suffer of this disorder will want to be alone, they are very irritable, and so on.
Another type of anxiety disorder is the post-traumatic stress disorder. This disorder is triggered after a trauma, such as an assault, being in an accident, participating at a war, and so on. There are various symptoms of this disorder. Usually people, who suffer of it, will constantly think about that particular event.
They will try to avoid conversations, people, places, or anything else they believe that might remind them of the trauma. They will also feel detached from others, and emotionally numb.
They are very pessimistic, and find no joy in most of the activities. They will also have troubles sleeping staying focused, and be very irritable.
Social phobia is the most common type of anxiety disorder. People, who suffer of it, are very anxious about what other people think about them. They fear of meeting new people, of talking to them, especially in front of strangers, because they are afraid of being judged by them.
They try to avoid those situations, and when they are in one, they are very stressed.
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