- Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience, such as in the run up to exams or a job interview. But when anxiety becomes much more severe this feeling can take over and begin to interfere with everyday life.
- People with an anxiety disorder feelings like stress, panic and worry are longer lasting, more extreme and far harder to control. Symptoms may also include feeling restless or agitated, panic attacks, having trouble concentrating or sleeping, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness and heart palpitations
- Anxiety can feel like a spotlight in your mind shining on your deepest fears or worries at all times.Dealing with anxiety can be very difficult and the impact can be debilitating. This condition can stop people living the life they want – whether that means not being able to work, see friends or, in the most severe cases, even leaving the house.
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What are the signs of Anxiety?
When people think of anxiety it is often the psychological symptoms that tend to first come to mind, but there are also some very real physical symptoms linked to anxiety that are worth being aware of. When we experience anxiety our body experiences a chain of events that is designed to help us when we are in situations of real danger: this is known as the ‘flight of fight’ response. As a result of this response, we can experience a range of physical symptoms that we may not initially realise are linked to our anxiety.
Anxiety is the feeling of worry, nervousness, and fear that can come on so strongly that you find it difficult to concentrate on anything else. The surge of these feelings can cause a physical ‘attack’ of panic and anxiousness.
If you suffer from anxiety, it can often become a self-fulfilling prophecy. How? I hear you ask. The reason is that once you’ve had your first anxiety or panic attack, you are often fearing the next one might strike at any moment, causing your mind to act in anticipation.
Anxiety can be debilitating, so it’s important to seek professional help if your symptoms are severe.
If you feel anxious on the majority of days and experience one or more of the symptoms listed above for at least six months, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
Regardless of how long you have been experiencing symptoms, if you ever feel like your emotions are interfering with your life, you should seek professional help. Working with a professional can help you manage your anxiety and reduce your symptoms as quickly and safely as possible.
- Feeling Agitated
- Mind Restlessness
- Daily Fatigue
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Irritability Around People
- Avoiding Social Situations
- Trouble Sleeping
- Panic Attacks
It is our choices
that show what we truly are
far more than our abilities.
— J. K Rowling
Eating a healthy diet: Diets rich in vegetables, fruits, high-quality meats, fish, nuts and whole grains can lower the risk of developing anxiety disorders, but diet alone is probably not enough to treat them
Limiting caffeine: Excessive caffeine intake may worsen feelings of anxiety in some people, especially those with anxiety disorders
Abstaining from alcohol: Anxiety disorders and alcohol abuse are strongly linked, so it may help to stay away from alcoholic beverages
Quitting smoking: Smoking is associated with an increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Quitting is associated with improved mental health
Exercising often: Regular exercise is linked to a lower risk of developing an anxiety disorder, but research is mixed on whether it helps those who have already been diagnosed