Anxiety/social anxiety and its effects have exploded in recent years and have become a major concern in our society regarding mental health. As our world becomes ever more complex it naturally follows that there are more and more things to worry about and become anxious over.
Anxiety is often about how you view yourself and/or the world, if you are optimistic you will generally expect good things and the opposite if you are pessimistic.
If you are preoccupied with a thought/s or a situation there is a risk of anxiety, if these thoughts become compulsive we are at risk of OCD and heightened anxiety.
If we have a negative past we often transfer thatnegativity to the future and worry about things that may or not may not happen.
When we suffer with anxiety we often think bad things will happen to us or people we that know and love, this way of thinking causes negative cycles and are hard to break free from.
All of these symptoms and experiences affect our brain`s chemistry which in turn affect our behaviour, mood, realtionships and possibly have an impact on our body.
Anxiety is also very often a fear response to a one off event or series of experience that happened in the past that iare not resolved or processed. These experiences remain "alive", we think that when we have burried these experiences that they are dead but they often come back to haunt us many years later.
Anxiety shows itself in a variety of symptoms and not only does it cause mental health issues it can cause serious physical conditions.
Common symptoms and signs of anxiety may include:
Restlessness or feeling edgy.
Becoming tired easily.
Feeling as if the mind is going "blank".
Sleep problems (trouble falling or staying asleep or having sleep that is not restful).
Many of the fundamental problems are fear, anxiety is a symptom of this fear.
It may result in avoidance of certain situations, people, activities etc and can get to an elevated state, which could become a panic attack.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Anxiety can also be connected to a past or recent traumatic event When anxiety intensifies to the level of becoming a panic attack, signs and symptoms can include any of the following:
Chest pain, chest tightness, feeling like one is having a heart attack;
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing;
Sweating of the palms;
Nausea or other stomach upset;
Trembling or shaking;
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint;
Derealisation (feelings of unreality) or depersonalisation (feeling detached from oneself);
Fear of losing control or going insane;
Numbness or tingling sensations;
Chills or hot flashes;
Feeling like one is choking;
A sense of impending doom;
Feeling like one is dying.
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Anxiety symptoms and signs in children and teenagers
A certain amount of anxiety in children is normal. However severe anxiety affects one in eight children and leads to poor performance in schools, social exclusion and can result in substance abuse. Anxiety makes children nervous, fearful and shy and they may avoid certain places and activities if the anxiety becomes too much to deal with. The symptoms are often concurrent with depression, eating disorders or problems such as ADHD. However with the proper support and treatment, a child suffering anxiety symptoms can learn how to manage them and to live a more normal childhood.
Anxiety symptoms and signs in men and women
Studies indicate that men seem to experience different types of effects of anxiety compared to women. Specifically, men tend to exhibit more psychological symptoms of anxiety, like tension, irritability, and a sense of impending doom. In contrast, women tend to develop more physical symptoms like chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, and nausea. Further, it seems that women with such physical symptoms of anxiety are more at risk for developing heart problems.
There are several ways to combat anxiety
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