Anxiety Disorders and Stress

Anxiety Disorders and Stress Anxiety and stress is a normal emotion. All individuals experience it from time to time. Most people experience nervousness, when faced with problems either at work, taking a test, or when making an important decision.

When normal anxiety becomes a disorder is when a person experiences such distress they can not function or lead their lives without discomfort. Anxiety, panic, restlessness, and a sense of impending doom are just a few symptoms of Anxiety disorders. People who are anxious may experience all the above and have racing thoughts, such as fears of dying of a heart attack, fears of embarrassment or humiliation, or fears of something terrible happening. In addition, they often have uncomfortable physical sensations, including heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, or shortness of breath. It is a state of inner turmoil which if led untreated can become a concern. Anxiety and fear are different, fear is a perceived/real threat while as anxiety is a possible future threat. Some people with anxiety disorders perform certain rituals (checking door locks or hand washing) or avoid certain situations which are fears (bridges, freeways, airplanes, or social situations) in order to cope with anxiety. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when it is too much and continues too long, the individual should seek professional help. Some recommendations for relief of common anxiety: • Reward yourself either take a time out of do something that relaxes you. • Eat well and exercise • Limit caffeine intake as well as alcohol • Change your outlook • Learn to accept that you can not control everything in life • Have a support system ( people who listen and encourage you) • Learn what brings on your anxiety • Devote some time helping others • Talk to a counsellor / therapist • Walk in nature or do something involved with nature • Escape with a book or movie