Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Anxiety often presents as irritability, restlessness and a difficulty in concentrating.
You may find yourself procrastinating more and suffering panic or anxiety attacks.
If you suffer from anxiety, you may be tempted to turn to substances, alcohol, gambling or food to cope with your symptoms.
Avoidance of social situations and events and feelings of awkwardness can normally develop, completing the cycle of misery!
In certain situations, you could find you obsess regarding order or counting, personal comfort or security or maybe germs, dirt or touching. You may find these obsessions become a daily ritual and present as an uncontrollable negative trance state which you are unable to break.
Left untreated, it has a tendency to intensify and normal everyday problems become unmanageable.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.
During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:
- panic disorder,OCD,phobias – such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
Habitual anxiety, or generalized anxiety disorder as it’s sometimes called, is often caused by long-term habits which can take a little longer to resolve .
The amygdala is a set of small, almond-shaped clusters of nuclei near the base of your brain. These almond-shaped clusters are the most active when you experience fear or aggression, due to the fact that they are responsible for triggering the body’s fight or flight response.