Smart girls know Anxiety is a controlling Drag.
Yes, at best she is a natural alarm system designed to go off when danger is around.
But too often,
she is an uninvited inconvenience, making a nuisance of herself and dictating the choices we make about how we live our lives.
And when she gets out of control we really see her ugly side.
Her nasty side is called an Anxiety Disorder, living with one of these often means living consumed with fear stress and anxious feelings.
Because anxiety is a slippery character, Anxiety Disorders are too.
Characterised as groups of related conditions rather than a single disorder they can look and feel very different for each of us. For example,
One may suffer intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party.
Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving, or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Yet another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything.
So lets look at Anxiety Disorders in more detail.
Despite their different forms, all share similar symptoms, including:
There are six major types of disorder and each has distinct symptoms;
When anxiety turns up for no concrete reason yet we sure feel her presense, know she’s there and the feelings can be confusing and baffaling.
Constant worries and fears distract us from our day-to-day activities or we are consumed by a persistent feeling that something really bad is going to happen. These are the first sign of generalised Anxiety disorder (GAD).
Those suffering with GAD are chronic worriers feeling anxious nearly all of the time, even though they may not even know why.
Anxiety related to GAD often shows up as physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness, and fatigue.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) When our minds are plagued by unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control. It can feel like a never ending spiral of frietening thoughts at repetitive actions.
With OCD, we may be troubled by obsessions, like a recurring troubling worry that for example we forgot to turn off the curling irons or even that we might hurt someone. We may also suffer from uncontrollable compulsions, such as washing your hands over and over or turning light switches on and off .
Panic disorder is characterized by repeated, unexpected panic attacks, as well as the continuing fear of experiencing another episode. Panic disorder may also be accompanied by agoraphobia, which is a fear of being in places where escape or help would be difficult in the event of a panic attack.
If you have agoraphobia, you are likely to avoid public places such as shopping malls or confined spaces such as an airplane.
A phobia is an unrealistic or exaggerated fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that in reality presents little to no danger. Common phobias include fear of animals such as snakes and spiders, fear of flying, and fear of heights.
But it can focus on seemingly bizarre objects like Koumpounophobia, a
fear of buttons, which to many seems laughable, for a sufferer it’s anything
but it can be a real problem. In the case of a severe phobia, the sufferer will
go to extreme lengths to avoid the feared thing but wouldn’t you know it,
Unfortunately, avoidance only strengthens the phobia.
None of us like to make an arse of ourselves in public, but when we experience a debilitating fear of being seen negatively by others and humiliated in public, we may have Social anxiety Disorder, also known as social phobia.
Social anxiety disorder can be thought of as extreme shyness. In severe cases, social situations are avoided altogether.
Performance anxiety (better known as stage fright) is the most common type of social phobia.
Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) is an extreme anxiety disorder that can occur in the aftermath of a traumatic or life-threatening event. PTSD can be thought of as a panic attack that rarely, if ever, lets up. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks or nightmares about what happened, hypervigilance, startling easily, withdrawing from others, and avoiding situations that remind you of the event.
Living with an Anxiety disorder makes us feel like powerless,
There are always ways to take back control bit by bit.
Think you are suffering with an anxiety disorder? Don't suffer alone.
Reach out for help, speak to a friend, trusted family or colleague, health care provider. Search the related articles for more information, tips and techniques for showing Anxiety who is boss.
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