”Since my childhood, I always seemed to have worry. I worry constantly about absolutely everything, my work, my parents, and even about my pet dog.If my parents go out for a walk I would think a car will run off the road and will kill them. For a while now I’ve been experiencing physical symptoms. Every time I worry , I feel fatigued, tingling in my limbs, muscle twitches, headaches, blurry eyes and sharp pains in random places. This has only been happening for the past few months and I don’t really have a way of dealing with it yet.”
Most of us have experienced feelings of apprehension or physical unease. The environment in which we live is dynamic and challenging in multiple ways which can often lead to stress. We all tend to possess effective coping mechanisms to deal with everyday stress, but sometimes these mechanisms can become over-activated, maladaptive and lead to anxiety. Now, the question arises how to know if one is suffering from anxiety disorder?
Anxiety consists of 3 main components given below :
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
It can be broadly classified into Psychological arousals and Physiological arousal.
Psychological Symptoms :
It include all the feelings, thought process and mental discomfort one is experiencing. For example: fearful anticipation, irritability, sensitivity to noise, restlessness, poor concentration, worrying thoughts and a feeling of uneasiness.
These are the physical symptoms that occur when one feels anxious. These are bodily reactions, and may be apparent to other people. Those who have anxiety disorder may experience a series of autonomic arousals such as; dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing, Gastric discomfort, difficulty inhaling, palpitation, discomfort in chest, awareness of missed beats, failure of erection, menstrual discomfort, muscle tension, tremors, headache, aching muscle, dizziness, tingling in the extremities, feeling of breathlessness and sleep Disturbances.
Is it Everyday Anxiety or Anxiety disorder?
It’s a part of life to feel anxious at certain times. But if one experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and excessive which interferes with daily activities and hinders the ability to function normally, then it becomes an anxiety disorder.
Onset and course of Anxiety Disorders
Usually Specific Phobia, and Social Phobia had their mean onset before the age of 15 years, whereas the age of onset of agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder began, on average, between 21.1 and 34.9 years. There are no differences in the age of onset between genders.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorders are of the following types :
You can also read our Blogs on :
- Panic Disorder
- Phobic Anxiety Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders: “ Time to change, Say Goodbye to your Uneasiness’’
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder ( GAD)
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