Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone feels from time to time. Many people feel nervous with faced with problems, whether it is due to work, before writing a test, or when making an important decision. However, anxiety disorders are different. People who suffer from anxiety disorders often experience distress that is so intense that it interferes with their ability to lead normal lives.
Anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. People with this disorder are riddled with worry and fear that are so overwhelming it can be disabling. Fortunately, with counselling psychology, many people can manage those feelings and return to a more fulfilling life.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including:
- Panic disorder - People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations, and a feeling of choking.
- Social anxiety disorder - This involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centres on a fear of being judged by others or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment.
- Specific phobias - These are intense fears of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying.
- Generalised anxiety disorder - This is excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there's little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.
Symptoms of anxiety disorder depend on the type of anxiety, however, general symptoms include:
- Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Problems sleeping
- Cold or sweaty hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Not being able to be still and calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension