What Is Anxiety?

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is worry or fear in response to a particular event that has occurred or will take place. Individuals usually experience some type of anxiety throughout daily living.  A couple of the situations that may cause anxiety include, preparing for an exam, or being concerned about the safety of a child. Anxiety may happen as a result of the thoughts that we have about something or it could be in response to something that actually took place.

Symptoms of Anxiety

There are various physical symptoms that indicate anxiety. Usually they are difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, upset stomach, and nervousness. The symptoms can be so extreme, you may think that you are having a heart attack.

Levels of Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety – Generalized anxiety is describes as anxiety that occurs for a period of about six months.  During this time you may experience sleep problems or difficulty concentrating.

Panic Disorders – A panic attack is a brief period of fear or worry which recurs but usually lasts briefly (about 10 minutes or less). Physical symptoms include sweating, palpitations, and dizziness.

Phobic Disorders – Phobic disorders are recurring and are in response to situations. These situations are very intense such as having a phobia to heights, snakes, and closed in spaces.

Anxiety can be very disruptive to daily living, but can also be treated successfully. Some treatments include medication and/or talk therapy. Ways to prevent anxiety are: meditation, deep breathing exercises, visualization.

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