Part of my journey has been to learn about my anxiety, and how to care for it. A while ago I learned that my anger is closely related to my anxiety. Everything comes into a complete circle for me. I’ve been learning more about it all, so I decided to make a post talking about and explaining anxiety. This post is mainly for information.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Anxiety is defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.'' Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illnesses in the country, with over 40 million people affected.
There are 6 different types of anxiety disorders. I have put them down below with their definitions.
-Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): a disorder characterized by excessive or unrealistic anxiety about two or more aspects of life (work, social relationships, financial matters, etc.), often accompanied by symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or dizziness.
-Obsessive compulsive Disorder (OCD): a personality disorder characterized by excessive orderliness, perfectionism, attention to detail, and a need for control in relating to others.
-Panic Disorder: a psychiatric disorder in which debilitating anxiety and fear arise frequently and without reasonable cause.
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.
-Social Anxiety Disorder: also called social phobia, is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation.
-Specialized Phobia Disorders: refers to a group of anxiety symptoms brought on by certain objects or situations.
Next, let's talk about “symptoms” of anxiety. There are several symptoms of anxiety. Symptoms include “stress that's out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness.” Other symptoms include:
-Trouble sleeping/trouble staying asleep
-Avoiding Social situations
-Shortness of breath
-Sense of choking
The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown. Brain chemistry, and a combination of environmental factors and genetics could all play a role. Anxiety usually occurs alongside other mental illnesses.
The first step to treating anxiety is to understand it. Typically anxiety is treated with a combination of medications and therapy. But of course, everyone is different. Your treatment should be personalized to who you are. I’ve even heard of hypnosis being used to help those with anxiety. I personally include the use of meditation to help with my anxiety.
I hope this post has helped you in one way or another. Knowledge is power in my opinion.
Until next time, Namaste.