Anxiety and its very common symptoms!
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is widely known as common human emotion that everyone experiences at times. It includes the feeling of being anxious, fearful, stressed or panicked. However, in some individuals this anxiety increases to such an extent that it hinders a happy life and even interferes with the individual’s ability to lead a normal life. People who are sufferers of anxiety disorders, worry and fear extensively, their condition can become overpowering and crippling. If not controlled and looked after, it can become a serious mental illness.
Common Anxiety Disorders and their Symptoms
Anxiety disorders are a vast field now, and there are many different types that have been under study. Psychologists have long studied the causes and symptoms of anxiety disorders. Most of the symptoms are very common and general whereas others are just enough to pinpoint us towards the particular disorder.
- Panic Disorder
The common anxiety symptoms regarding panic disorder include sudden panic attacks that cause the person to feel terrified and experience sweating, stabbing pain in the chest, palpitations and the inability to breathe properly.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Another common disorder is the obsessive compulsive disorder mostly abbreviated (OCD). People, who suffer from OCD, usually fixate their attention on something to an alarming extent. They are found to be repeatedly washing their hands, checking and re-checking on something, making sure the doors are locked again and again, requesting somebody for a favor constantly. This condition not only troubles the sufferer but also become excruciating for the surrounding people. The sufferer often knows about his/her unreasonable and irrational behavior, but still cannot put a control to it.
- Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is becoming very common nowadays. It is even more shocking to see this disorder in teenagers. It is also known as social phobia. Symptoms include worry and fear of social commitments, self-consciousness about oneself and the fear of being judged by people. The sufferer avoids meeting new people and has difficulty in adjusting in new places. Most of them have a low self esteem, fear of criticism and avoid eye contact during conversation. They also avoid becoming the centre of attention, which stops them from contributing in group discussions, community boards and class interactive sessions. It eventually results in the person shutting away from people and becoming antisocial.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that follows after a personal trauma or a terrifying incident that leaves such a huge impression on the person’s mind that it develops into a stress disorder. Symptoms are frightening thoughts, nightmares that make one unable to sleep again, and flashbacks that cause a low attention span.
Although anxiety symptoms vary with different types and kinds of disorders, there are many general anxiety symptoms that include out of control thinking, insomnia, nightmares, palpitations, nauseating feelings, sweaty hands, and restlessness, dizziness, shutting away from people, troubling flashbacks or catastrophic futuristic thinking, being hurtful and violent during attacks.
We usually ignore the symptoms of anxiety. Although it’s a normal human emotion that everyone experiences in his life, but if ignored they can create such distress that interferes with a person’s normal life.