Anxiety is a sense of uneasiness, worry or fear that can be mild or severe. Everyone feels a sense of anxiety at some point in life. For example, people may feel anxious about sitting for an examination, going for a job interview, going on a first date or having a medical test. People may also feel anxious about taking a plane ride, life transition, and being in a social situation.
Anxiety is a normal stress reaction.
Anxiety also alerts us to potentially harmful or stressful situations. There are many situations, people or events that may trigger anxiety. Therefore, it is normal to feel anxious. However, if you constantly feel anxious that your job or school performance, relationships, and daily functioning are affected. Then, the anxiety you experience is more than a normal stress reaction. It might be a warning sign of an Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder may include:
Difficulty to concentrate
Hyper-vigilant and a feeling of being "on-edge."
Difficulty to rest, e.g. difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep
Constant nightmares of the event or situation which triggers anxiety
Most Anxiety Disorder is treatable through counselling and psychotherapy. However, you may need medication if the symptom is very intense.
What Caused Anxiety?
Causes of Anxiety vary and include the chemical imbalance of serotonin and the amygdala, change in environment, and childhood trauma. Survivors of bullying, public shaming or harsh criticism often feel overwhelmed with fear of being judged, while survivors of attachment trauma are constantly anxious about being abandoned by their loved ones.
Types of Anxiety
There are many types of anxiety, and the common ones include:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
A Generalized Anxiety Disorder differs from worry over stressful life events. People with General Anxiety Disorders feel persistent anxiety or dread, which can interfere with daily life for a long time, and their anxiety shifts from one worry to another.
People with Panic Disorder experience sudden and unexpected panic attacks. They struggle with intense fear of losing control even when there is no apparent danger or trigger. It is important to note that not everyone who experiences a panic attack will develop Panic Disorder.
Social Anxiety is also known as social phobia. People with Social Anxiety experience intense and persistent fear of being watched, judged, or humiliated. People with Social Anxiety often avoid going to job interviews, public speaking, or social event(s) because they are afraid of the danger of being shamed or humiliated.
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