What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear and apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech,moving to a new place, starting a new job, or taking a test may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
Anxiety is our body’s way of keeping us safe. For instance, imagine you’re walking home, and you’re dragging your feet because you’re tired. Out of the corner of your eye, you think you see a snake. Suddenly, you forget how tired you are and have a burst of energy that helps you to get away.
If we feel a bit anxious about an assignment that’s due, it can help us to get it done on time. Normal Anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. It is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life.
Anxiety is not a disease or illness. It’s a physiological, psychological, and emotional state that results when we behave apprehensively. Worry is an example of apprehensive behavior.
The feeling of fear may be with you all the time. you often worry that something bad will happen. Having difficulty on concentrating and avoid doing things because of anxiety. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an Anxiety Disorder. It may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse. So It is important to know the difference between normal feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety
• Feeling frightened, nervous or panicky all the time
• Getting down or depressed
• Racing heart or Palpitations
• Rapid breathing
• Sweaty palms
• Difficulty sleeping
• Low appetite
• Lack of concentration
• Tired and irritable
• Dry mouth
• Chest pain
• Nausea or other stomach upset
• A feeling of being detached from the world
• Being unable to think, feeling as if the mind has gone blank
• Irrational fear of dying
• Numbness or tingling
• Stomach cramps