Stress & Anxiety (Self-Care) - What is an anxiety disorder?

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What is an anxiety disorder?

When you are under pressure or faced with a stressful situation, it's normal to feel worried or scared or tense. The body's alarm system works automatically when we feel there's danger around. This sort of 'stressRelating to injury or concern. response' is there to keep us on the alert and paying attention, so that we take action, and find a way of coping with threats and solving problems.

Some people feel anxious most of the time. Anxiety may feel like being frightened or very nervous for no obvious reason. It can make your body react as if you were frightened, even though what you feel isn't exactly fear. So, for instance, your heart might race, your palms sweat, your face go pale, and your mouth feel dry.

Panic attacks are sudden, overwhelming bouts of anxiety. Sometimes they come on only in certain situations: perhaps triggered by crowds, or queues, or tight spaces, or open spaces, or heights. To keep anxiety at bay, some people feel a compulsion to repeat certain actions that make them feel a bit better. All these kinds of anxiety disorder generally need specialist help. So if the anxiety you feel is constant or overpowering, and if it gets in the way of your relationships or it stops you doing things, then you have may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety can be so bad that it becomes a psychiatric problem. Anxiety disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social phobia (including agoraphobia), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), specific phobias and post- traumatic stressRelating to injury or concern. disorder (PTSD).

Do you have an anxiety disorder?

It is important to separate feeling stressed from generalised anxiety disorder. An over-active and persistent stressRelating to injury or concern. response will affect the mind, the emotions and the body. But people with an anxiety disorder experience severe symptoms every day (or nearly every day) and badly enough to make it difficult to cope with ordinary activities and relationships.

Signs and symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) include excessive, and largely uncontrollable, worry, tenseness or restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscleTissue made up of cells that can contract to bring about movement. tension and sleep disturbances, lasting for at least 6 months.

Some common symptoms of anxiety disorder

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to some of them, you should see your doctor to find out whether you have an anxiety disorder:

  • Are you tense, worried or on edge all the time?
  • Is this causing you problems at work, at school or with everyday tasks?
  • Are you bothered by irrational fears that you can't seem to shake off?
  • Do you feel compelled to do certain things so that something bad won't happen?
  • Do some situations or activities make you so anxious that you have to avoid them?
  • Do bouts of heart-racing panic sometimes come out of nowhere?
  • Do you feel as if something threatening or a disaster could happen at any minute?
  • Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. People who have anxiety disorders are often prone to depression, and people who get depression tend to get anxiety disorders as well.
  • Anxiety disorders are serious but treatable. And they need proper diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. and sometimes the help of a psychiatric team. If you think you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder, speak to your doctor straight away.