Did you ever wonder why your palms got sweaty before an important interview? or why you were trembling before your final exam? These conditions are called “anxious feelings” and the state is called anxiety which is a natural way for the body for preparing itself to deal with important events. Once the event passes away, you start to calm down and your heart strips thumping. Such normal anxiety is necessary for us to perform better as it makes us more alert. But sometimes people start to get anxious without any reason, this type of anxiety can lead to anxiety disorder.
What is Anxiety?
So here we will see what is anxiety? how can we define the term “anxiety”?
“A normal reaction to stress is called anxiety which helps us prepare and pay attention by alerting us to danger”.
In some conditions, anxiety is beneficial but sometimes it can lead to anxiety disorder with feelings of nervousness or anxiousness accompanied by excessive fear.
What is Anxiety Disorder?
When someone experiences anxiety or panic attacks without any apparent reason and finds it hard to control worries or fear which results in affecting his/her daily life activities, then this condition is a case of an anxiety disorder.
Difference Between Regular Anxiety And Anxiety Disorder:
- Regular Anxiety:
Following are the examples or cases which reflect regular anxiety:
- Worrying about exams, interviews, bills.
- The nervousness before a big meeting or public performance.
- Fear of a dangerous place, situation, or object.
- Immediately after a traumatic event, the feeling of extreme sadness.
This regular anxiety prepares an individual to deal with the situation.
- Depression Disorder:
The following events or examples reflect an anxiety disorder:
- Constant and excessive worry for no big reason.
- Fear of embarrassment or humiliation in any performance of social situation.
- Feeling fear for an object or place is not harmful at all.
- Panic attacks along with nervous feelings.
- Dreams repeated flashbacks, and worry about a traumatic event in the past.
- Repetitive and excessive cleaning and rearranging of objects and things around you.
Symptoms Of Depression:
Following are the common symptoms and signs of depressive disorder:
- An increased heart rate
- Restless, nervous, or tense feelings most of the time
- Sense of danger and fear
- Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
- Other than the worry, trouble in thinking or concentrating about anything
- Weakness and fatigue
- GIT disturbances
- Difficulty in controlling worry or tense feelings.
Causes Of Anxiety Disorder:
Following are the most common factors that cause anxiety:
- Dysfunctional family
- Stressful events
- Personality factors
- Health issues
Examples Of Anxiety Disorders:
Basic examples of depressive disorders include:
- Social anxiety disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Specific Phobias and anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
A person can have more than one type of depressive disorder.
You can take the following steps to prevent the anxious feelings that result from anxiety:
- Stay Active:
Try to take part or engage yourself in those activities that make you feel good about yourself and you enjoy them.
- Get Help:
If you feel even a little bit of depression disorder symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.
- Avoid Substance Use:
Depression can be caused and get worse by using alcohol and drugs. So avoid using these substances. If you are already addicted to them, consult a doctor or find a support group that will help you in quitting drugs or alcohol.