At some time or another, everyone sits in a waiting room for something. You might have an appointment with a doctor or you might have a job interview. You could be waiting for an audition or waiting to speak to your professor. As you are sitting there, you have this restless feeling that you can’t explain. You may need to walk around or fidget with your phone. This is a perfectly normal reaction especially when you are not sure of what may happen next. You are feeling nervous or anxious. It is a very common feeling and it usually goes away at some point between being called in for your appointment some short time later.
Now, imagine having that feeling all the time. It is not tied to something you are doing, you just feel it all of the time and nothing you do will let the feeling go away. As a matter of fact, it actually gets worse. These feeling can interfere with your day to day life. You may have trouble concentrating at work or you may have a short temper with family and friends. You may feel that life is out of control and you have no idea how to get that control back.
This is the difference between normal everyday nerves and actually having an anxiety disorder. For people with an anxiety disorder, worry and fear is constant and overwhelming.
Anxiety Disorder itself isn’t just one thing. There are several types of anxiety.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder have the types of symptoms mentioned above. They feel excessive anxiety, worry and fear for even months at a time to the point of being debilitated. They are restless, easily fatigued, irritable, have trouble concentrating on task and have trouble sleeping.
While Generalized Anxiety is a constant level of fear and worry, people with Panic Disorder have recurrent and unexpected periods of intense fear that comes with a pounding heart, palpitations and increased heart rate. Panic can be so intense, that the person can even feel as if they are going to die.
Social Anxiety Disorder
People with Social Anxiety Disorder are specifically anxious about public situations. They feel anxious around people and cannot talk or relate to anyone. This goes with an intense feeling of being self-conscious and constant feel as if they are being judged and rejected. Social Anxiety Disorder doesn’t start when the person is in the situation. The nerves and anxiety may start weeks before a planned event.
For someone with these sorts of symptoms, it is important to be evaluated by a therapist. Anxiety disorders are considered to be a mental health issue and should not be ignored. Sometimes making the anxiety worse, there may be other disorders that co-exist, like depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
You don’t have to live with any sort of anxiety. As with most other health issues, there are treatment options. The most important thing for a person with anxiety to realize is that regardless of how alone they feel, they are not alone at all.
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