Hi, thanks for visiting this site and taking a moment to learn a little more about anxiety. Some of you may be familiar with the following but read on, you may learn something new.
What is Anxiety?
In its original concept, anxiety is the normal response to danger or to stress. We would usually see it through the “fight or flight” response. Normally it involves a lot of adrenaline coursing through the body to help us deal with whatever potential situation is coming our way. Anxiety as we would typically see it, however, is actually anxiety disorder, where the response and the actual situation are not proportionate with each other. Sometimes that response can be provoked even when there is no danger present.
Signs and Symptoms
Physical symptoms can include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Tightness around the chest
- Dry mouth
- Pins and needles
- The “butterfly” sensation in the stomach
- Urge to use the toilet
Psychological symptoms include:
- Fear of losing control
- Feelings of detachment
- Fear that something awful is going to happen (can include a heart attack, a blackout or even death)
- Inner tension
Anxiety in People
Just like depression, anxiety can affect people in different ways and no two people’s anxiety conditions are the same. Some suffer dreadful panic attacks, others don’t. For some it’s more of a rumination that grows and grows and can sometimes trip more worries. It varies. Statistically, it affects around 16% of the UK population at any time and it is also the condition seen by GPs in 30% of mental health problems.
Thank you for taking a moment to learn a bit more about anxiety. Feel free to explore some of the other pages concerning depression or insomnia or take a look at our mythbuster page where we crack open some of the common misconceptions surrounding these conditions. Alternatively, hop on over to my journey where I talk about my ongoing battle with depression, anxiety and insomnia and how I’ve coped with them.
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