Anxiety is a normal emotion that most people experience at some time or another as a response to stress or fear. However, excessive and disproportionate anxiety is not normal. An anxiety disorder is a mood disorder characterized by prolonged and unwarranted anxiousness that significantly hinders functioning, happiness, and/or sociality. It is sometimes accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, fatigue, and muscle tension. If your anxiety is affecting your ability to function on a daily basis, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Common Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are many types of anxiety disorders. One of the most common types is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), in which the sufferer has a pervasive sense of worry, even when there is little or no real cause for concern. Other types of anxiety disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Experts tend to agree that anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of biological, physical, social, and environmental factors.
Managing and Recovering from Anxiety
Recovering from anxiety begins with acknowledging the problem and seeking help. You can be formally diagnosed by a doctor, who will also be able to guide you to the most effective treatment plans. Some people will require anti-anxiety medication, and others will not. In either case, however, clinical experts agree that persons suffering from anxiety disorders should seek the help of a qualified counselor. In counseling, you can discern the particular sources of your anxiety and learn strategies to manage and break the cycle of anxious thoughts.
Maintaining healthy relationships while suffering from anxiety can be difficult, and the particular challenges will depend on the type and severity of your anxiety. Relational anxiety can often be expressed as jealousy, clinginess, or impulsivity. Persons suffering from social anxiety disorder often find it difficult to build relationships at all. But for all anxiety sufferers, relationships are a crucial part of healing and growing.
Anxiety Symptoms: How to Recognize if You Are Struggling with Anxiety
By Alyssa Kirkman,
Posted April 26th, 2019
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Samantha is a 27-year-old female. She has a successful career and has worked very hard to get where she is today. Ever since college, she has noticed that she often feels stressed and worried about a variety of things. They might be worries related to work, school (when she was attending), relationships, or things she wants to accomplish.
There are seasons that are worse than others, but overall, it has been an ongoing issue in Samantha’s life. Some weeks she has horrible insomnia, where she cannot seem to shut her mind off. Other weeks she sleeps throughout the night, but still wakes up feeling unrested and groggy.
Her shoulders almost always feel tense, and more times than not she finds herself carrying a “knot” in her stomach. She has trouble relaxing and feels like she always needs to be doing something. Sitting still and being present is a huge challenge for her, which she has found affects her social life.
There are days where the worry and stress feel so out of control that Samantha will end her day with a glass or two of wine, to take the edge off. A lot of her worries are surrounded by a need to be perfect and prove herself to be worthy.
Lately, she has noticed that it has been difficult to concentrate at work. Her mind keeps going blank and she feels mentally exhausted. This begins to scare Samantha, as she feels it is affecting her
By Curran Otis,
Posted April 25th, 2019
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The thoughts that may come up when thinking about what anxiety and anger feel like can often be connected with a sense of losing control. Often times, anxiety and anger are more connected and related to each other than one may imagine.
Anxiety comes from the root feeling often related to stress, often due to a feeling of worry about a particular outcome, and can lead to feelings of being unable to cope with or control one’s situation. These feelings of being unable to manage your routine or choices can either lead to feeling frustrated or furious.
Anger often begins with a sense of being wronged or unable to accomplish what we choose. It is very common for people to experience both anxiety and anger together. Being aware of what leads to these feelings begins to help with overcoming the struggles these often bring.
Often, when these two feelings arise, we feel a sense of urgency to “not feel” these emotions. This can lead to feelings of shame and guilt that come from misunderstanding their true purpose.
Anxiety and anger are related with regard to how these two influence each other into causing a greater sense of panic and urgency. When these feelings arise, it can cause feelings of guilt that you may not be able to control how you are feeling. The mindset we have regarding our expectations of how we “should” behave can influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment Options
By Taylor Henderson,
Posted February 14th, 2019
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Most of us are familiar with various symptoms of anxiety, such as a nervous stomach, racing pulse, restlessness, or worrying thoughts in response to a stressor. Almost everyone can think of a new experience, challenging conversation, or scary situation that elicited these reactions.
At times, anxiety is highly beneficial; it alerts us to harm, protects us from potential danger, and heightens our ability to react as needed to specific situations. However, anxiety is problematic when it occurs excessively and gets in the way of living the life we want.
If you or a loved one has experienced an anxiety disorder, you may know firsthand the way anxiety can take over your life and consume your thoughts. Or, you may be experiencing anxiety symptoms acutely for the first time and wondering what you can do to get your life back. The good news is, there is hope and there are a number of effective treatments available.
First, it is helpful to distinguish anxiety from fear, and to distinguish anxiety as a diagnosable disorder from anxiety as a typical part of the human experience.
Anxiety Compared to Fear
Fear and anxiety have similarities as well as important distinctions. Looking at similarities, both fear and anxiety can elicit similar physiological responses geared toward protecting us from danger. In terms of differences, according to the DSM-5, fear is an “emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat” while anxiety is “anticipation of a future threat.”