Having anxiety isn’t fun for anyone. At some point we all experience it, whether under deadline pressure, are scared about something, or just handling a stressful situation. It is a normal reaction to the stress we all experience in everyday life. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences it the same way. Some people experience it more often and more intensely than the rest of us, perhaps even experiencing anxiety attacks.
It has several types:
Panic Disorders – Intense anxiety and fears cause unexpected panic attacks.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders – Performance of consistent or obsessive routines often associated with thoughts or fears that are also considered to be repetitive.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Caused from a traumatic event that leaves a lasting memory of the event.
Social Anxiety – The most common anxiety disorder producing an overwhelming fear and self-consciousness in otherwise normal daily social situations. Social Anxiety is often associated with being afraid of being judged, afraid of making mistakes, being the center of attention, or being fearful of lacking in social skills.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – Excessive worrying and tension.
All of these disorders are similar to normal anxiety, except that the level of anxiety rises to the point where constant worry and fear becomes overwhelming.
Anxiety can have very real physical and emotional effects on a person, regardless of how mild the anxiety is. Some of the most common being:
- Neck or back pain
- Stomach problems
- Feeling worn out
- Unable to relax
- Weak-feeling muscles
- Unexpected weight loss or gain
- High blood pressure
- Memory loss
- Tired or strained in the eyes
- If anxiety is producing any of these physical symptoms in you, it is likely that it is going to affect you mentally and/or emotionally as well. Making matters even worse, these physical effects can even cause additional anxiety.
Having an anxiety attack can be a very terrifying experience. You may have a real problem if you are experiencing them on a regular basis to the point where they:
- Interfere with your work
- Disrupt your family responsibilities or relationships
- Cause avoidance in everyday activities
- And become overwhelming
Symptoms or effects can depend on the level or the type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety that escalates into an attack can be terrifying. They can occur without warning or for any apparent reason. Its attacks can also cause:
- Feelings of losing control
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty breathing
- Nervous shaking
- Chest pain
- Racing heart
- Feeling faint
The physical symptoms can resemble a heart attack and be very traumatic. It can often be trigger by the fear of being in a public place or where there may be no help available. Such an attack can also be triggered from just the fear of having another attack.
When attacks or disorders develop, a person’s natural responses are no longer able to deal with the anxiety in healthy ways. Its levels of rise to the point where things become difficult to deal with. It can affect daily situations, ability to perform skills, thought processes and even the physical health of loved ones, acquaintances or even you. Having anxiety can be a serious problem with serious effects and should not be taken lightly or ignore.