What is anxiety disorder?
What is normal?
Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty or any other kind of difficult situation. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. Their worries cross their limits which in turn become anxiety.
How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It is bit difficult but not an impossible task. Anxiety comes in many different forms—such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between an official diagnosis and “normal” anxiety is not always clear.
Here, we have tried to mention some symptoms of an anxiety disorder that you should be aware of!
1. Excessive worry: The hallmark of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)—the broadest type of anxiety—is worrying too much about everyday things, large and small. In the case of GAD, it means having persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week, for six months. Also, the anxiety must be so bad that it interferes with daily life and is accompanied by noticeable symptoms, such as fatigue.
2. Disturbance in sleeping pattern: Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep is associated with a wide range of health conditions, both physical and psychological. And, of course, it is not unusual to toss and turn with anticipation on the night before a big speech or job interview. But if you chronically find yourself lying awake, worried or agitated—about specific problems (like money), or nothing in particular—it might be a sign of an anxiety disorder. This is because your anxiety disorder starts affecting your sleep.
3. Indigestion problem: Not only this, one of the prominent symptoms of anxiety disorder is problem of indigestion. Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms, like chronic digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition characterized by stomachaches, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea, “is basically an anxiety in the digestive tract,” Winston says. IBS isn’t always related to anxiety, but the two often occur together and can make each other worse.
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4. Self consciousness: Social anxiety disorder does not always involve speaking to a crowd or being the center of attention. In most cases, the anxiety is provoked by everyday situations such as making one-on-one conversation at a party, or eating and drinking in front of even a small number of people. In these situations, people with social anxiety disorder tend to feel like all eyes are on them, and they often experience blushing, trembling, nausea, profuse sweating, or difficulty talking. These symptoms can be so disruptive that they make it hard to meet new people, maintain relationships, and advance at work or in school. You become unable to make social contacts.
5. Panic Attacks: Panic attacks can be terrifying: Picture a sudden, gripping feeling of fear and helplessness that can last for several minutes, accompanied by scary physical symptoms such as breathing problems, a pounding or racing heart, tingling or numb hands, sweating, weakness or dizziness, chest pain, stomach pain, and feeling hot or cold. Not everyone who has a panic attack has an anxiety disorder, but people who experience them repeatedly may be diagnosed with panic disorder. People with panic disorder live in fear about when, where, and why their next attack might happen, and they tend to avoid places where attacks have occurred in the past.
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