Anxiety is a word we use for some types of fear that are usually to do with the thought of going wrong in the future, rather than right now. Fear and anxiety can last for a short time and then pass, but they can also last much longer and you can get stuck with them.
In some cases they can take over your life, affecting your ability to eat, sleep, concentrate, travel.
What do fear and anxiety feel like?
When someone says they “have” anxiety, what does that really mean? People who have panic attacks say that they find it hard to breathe, and they may worry that they’re having a heart attack.
- You breathe very fast
- Your muscles feel weak
- You sweat a lot
- Your stomach churns or your bowels feel loose
- You find it hard to concentrate on anything else
- You feel dizzy
- You feel frozen to the spot
- You can’t eat
- You have hot and cold sweats
- You get a dry mouth
- You get very tense muscles
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety may occur in your life because of some causes, some of them are below!
Environmental causes: stress from the personal relationship, job, school, college, finances, and traumatic event.
Genetics and Medical factors: side effects of medication, symptoms of a condition, stress from an underlying medical condition
Brain chemistry: Substance abuse and withdrawal symptoms
What is a Panic attack in anxiety?
A panic attack is when you feel overwhelmed by the physical and mental feelings of fear – the signs listed under.
It is irrational and unexplained fear of something or someone. We all have them (That doesn’t mean we require treatment) unless it affects your life one must learn to deal with it.
2. Social anxiety disorder
It is the fear of being embarrassed or judged by people in social gatherings or the public. Makes people stay away from social gatherings and people might become reclusive.
How much of the population has Anxiety?
The results show that anxiety disorders are far more common among women, who are nearly twice as likely to be affected as men. Other at-risk groups include adults under age 35.
Effective treatments for anxiety
1. Lifestyle changes, such as skipping caffeine, exercising regularly, and avoiding medicines or substances that might cause anxiety symptoms.
2. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy. CBT teaches people to challenge and reframe distorted or unhelpful anxious thinking because thoughts influence feelings and actions.
3. Exercise, Increase the amount of exercise you do. Exercise requires some concentration, and this can take your mind off your fear and anxiety.
4. Healthy eating, Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and try to avoid too much sugar.
5. Take vacations, Go on solo trips. Travel as much as you can.
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