DO I HAVE ANXIETY? 9 COMMON SIGNS OF AN ANXIETY DISORDER

Everyone feels out of sorts sometimes.

You may feel stressed with work and family, or you might be tired out from a long night of taking care of a colicky baby. Many situations may cause you to feel nervous and even leave you jittery for days. Whatever the reason, stress and anxiety happen to everyone.

But you may be wondering, “Do I have anxiety?” You might want to know if unpleasant mix of emotions you are feeling is sign of something more serious. Maybe it is because these emotions are unusually persistent – lasting for days or weeks beyond the cause to which they may be linked. They might also be overwhelmingly strong. For some people, feelings of nervousness, stress and even depression may consume their entire lives.

But how can you tell for sure whether you’ve got regular, everyday anxiety or a harmful anxiety disorder?

This post will go through everything you need to know about anxiety disorders and exactly how anxiety is impacting your life.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANXIETY AND ANXIETY DISORDERS

Anxiety is a combination of both subjective and objective symptoms. Subjectively speaking, anxiety expresses itself through psychological symptoms – feelings of fear, worry or terror. These occasionally escalate into obsessive thoughts, such as a pervasive and continuous pondering on the likelihood of one’s own death.

These are a variety of objective, physical expressions of anxiety, which include things like nausea, heart palpitations, dry mouth, hot flashes and hyperventilation. Without knowing a person’s inner state, these physical expressions of anxiety are indistinguishable from the symptoms of other diseases. Since anxiety often accompanies other physical diseases, these symptoms may become muddled and possibly stem from more than one condition.

Everyone with anxiety experiences the subjective and objective symptoms, but there’s a difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder. Normal anxiety is attached to a trigger and stimulus – it emerges for a particular reason. Often times it’s a short-term episode of anxiety, one that can be diagnosed once you find the source.

TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS

An anxiety disorder, on the other hand, goes beyond a short season. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses, all of which cause people to feel excessive, continuous anxiety, and thus produce the above subjective and objective symptoms. These illnesses include:

PANIC DISORDER

These are sudden bouts of extreme terror that can strike repeatedly and suddenly. Panic disorders include symptoms that mimic a heart attack, which makes them even more frightening. These symptoms include chest pain, heart palpitations, upset stomach and fear of dying. Learn to recognize a panic attack and how to help someone going through a panic attack here.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER

OCD is a condition where sufferers feel compelled to engage in repetitive, irrational and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or behaviors. These thoughts or actions seem impossible for the sufferer to control. These compulsions, although unhealthy overall, function as a momentary release of anxiety for people who suffer from OCD.

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