Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. There are certain unavoidable life situations that we all face that can raise our anxiety levels, but usually once these situations have passed our feelings of anxiety should subside. If you are still suffering from anxiety after the stressful time has passed, it may be that you are suffering from an anxiety related disorder.
The emotional symptoms of anxiety can include
- Being unable to sit still
- Feeling on edge and restless
- Feeling like something horrible is about to happen
- Feeling easily irritated
The physical symptoms of anxiety can include
- A racing heart
- Pins and needles
- Struggling to breathe
- A dry mouth
- A churning sensation in your stomach
Anxiety can be further broken down into 3 main disorders.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. If you have GAD you might feel anxious most days and struggle to remember the last time you felt relaxed. As soon as you resolve one anxious thought, another may appear about a different issue.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is more than shyness. If you experience it, you might feel intense fear and anxiety over everyday activities, such as shopping or speaking on the phone. Many of us worry about certain social situations, but social anxiety disorder means you worry excessively about these situations before, during and after them. You might be afraid of doing or saying something you think will be embarrassing or humiliating, like blushing or sweating.
A panic disorder is where you have recurring and regular panic attacks, usually for no apparent reason. You might start sweating or shaking, feel like your heart is racing or skipping beats, or feel like you’re going to be sick. You may also want to stop what you’re doing and run away. Panic attacks can be frightening and intense, but they’re not dangerous. Worrying about having further attacks can make you avoid people, places or situations where you had an attack before.
There are many different techniques available now to help individuals who suffer from an anxiety related disorders, from hypnotherapy and mindfulness, to coping mechanisms and techniques and talking situations through. There are some great natural remedies that can be tried should you prefer a drug free alternative.
Information taken from Bank Workers Charity.