There are several types of anxiety but they are all quite miserable to endure. It is the number one ailment in the western world and is associated with depression and obsessive-compulsive conditions. It is also a clear precursor to childhood and adolescent depression.
Anxiety is called by many names associated with different manifestations of the condition: social anxiety, performance anxiety, panic, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress.
In mild forms most anxiety is normal. Who hasn’t felt a bit nervous before a big event? Mild forms can also be healthy. They make us cautious in potentially dangerous situations like walking in the street at night or hiking in remote wildlife filled areas. They cause us to study more or be vigilant about knowing our children’s whereabouts. Anxiety, no matter how it’s manifested, only becomes a “disorder” when it interferes with daily life and the enjoyment of life.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
- Constantly tense, worried, or on edge
- Symptoms interfere with work, school, or family responsibilities
- Plagued by irrational fears that can’t be shaken
- Avoiding everyday situations or activities because they cause anxiety
- Sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic
- Feel danger and catastrophe are around every corner
Symptoms of Panic Disorder
- Shortness of breath or hyperventilation.
- Heart palpitations or a racing heart.
- Chest pain or discomfort.
- Trembling or shaking.
- Choking feeling.
Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings.