Knowing More About Your Anxiety
Anxiety is referred to as a manifestation of different disorders which can cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. Worry or fear are normally experienced by anybody when confronted by an approaching interview or examination; however, if the worry or fear transitions to an unsettling behavior that is already going out of proportion, then these are manifestations of anxiety. Anxiety can be classified into mild anxiety, which is vague and unsettling, and severe anxiety creates a serious impact on our daily life.
The specific symptoms of anxiety are classified according to the kinds of anxiety disorders, which are – Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Separation Anxiety Disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a chronic manifestation showing excessive, long-lasting anxiety and worry on nonspecific life events, objects, and situations. GAD sufferers are always worrying on issues, such as health, money, family, work, etc, they fear failure and disaster, and these fears are unrealistic since they have trouble identifying what they fear and have trouble controlling their worries.
Panic disorder is an anxiety that is distinguished by short and sudden attack of terror which shows symptoms of shaking, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty in breathing.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by a fear of being judged by people or embarrassed by the public, such that it can manifest in the following: stage fright, fear of intimacy, and a fear of humiliation.
OCD – Unreasonable Compulsions
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which is characterized by thoughts or actions that are repetitive, distressing, and intrusive. Sufferers of OCD are particularly obsessive on cleanliness of their personal items or hands and constantly check locks, stoves, light switches.
Separation Anxiety Disorder is characterized by high levels of anxiety whenever a person is separated from another person or place which provides feelings of security or safety.
Environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, or a combination of these – they are basically the main causes of anxiety disorders. The main culprit, which has triggered these disorders are the various stresses that we have experienced in our lives.
Environmental factors may cause excessive anxiety and they are: trauma from events, abuse, victimization, death of a loved one, stress in a personal relationship, marriage, friendship, divorce, stress at work, stress from school, stress from finances and money, lack of oxygen in high altitude areas.
Anxiety can also be felt in medical conditions, such as anemia, asthma, infections and heart conditions. There are also medically-related causes of anxiety, such as serious mental illness, side effects of medication, and lack of oxygen from emphysema or pulmonary embolism.