Anxiety is a way of feeling to situations and events around us. It is a natural human response and can be expressed in thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
What are Anxiety Disorders?
The way that anxiety is expressed differs from person to person; sometimes it can be diagnosed in some of the following ways.
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – this is having regular or uncontrollable worries about many different things in everyday life.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – this is an extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations.
- Panic Disorder – this is having regular panic attacks without a clear cause or trigger.
- Phobia – an extreme fear or anxiety triggered by a particular situation.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – anxiety caused by going through a traumatic situation.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – this is when anxiety involves having repetitive thoughts, behaviours or urges.
- Health Anxiety – a relation to OCD where there is an obsession or compulsion relating to illness including researching symptoms.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – this is where there is an obsession or compulsion relating to physical appearance.
Symptoms of Anxiety
The way that anxiety is expressed differs from person to person; some of the more common symptoms are.
Effects of Anxiety on the Body
- Churning feeling in the stomach
- Feeling dizzy
- Pins and Needles
- Faster breathing
- Fast, thumping, irregular heartbeat
- Sweating or hot flushes
- Sleep problems
- Change in amount of toilet time
- Panic attacks
Effects of Anxiety on the Mind
- Tense, nervous, unable to relax
- Sense of dread
- Worrying about anxiety itself
- Feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down
- Low mood and depression
- Dissociating with your own mind and body
- Dissociating from the world around you
Other effects of Anxiety
May have difficulties:
- looking after yourself
- forming or maintaining relationships
- trying new things
Talk to someone you trust
Try to manage your worries
- Set aside a specific time to focus on your worries
- Write down your worries
Look after your physical health
- Try to get enough sleep
- Think about your diet
- Try to do some physical activity
Try breathing exercises
Keep a diary