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Anxiety 101

Anxiety disorders have taken over almost a quarter of the population. It is an alarming problem in society which really needs to be taken care of.

Here’s a brief discussion about anxiety and everything you need to know:

What it really is

  • Anxiety is an emotion we experience from time to time. It is what we feel every time we are in a situation we’re not used to. It is characterized by being easily irritated, ill-tempered, worried, insecure and excessive loneliness. A small amount of anxiety is good but too much may be an indication of a serious underlying problem.
  • Frequent anxiety attacks may be bad and could develop into anxiety disorders such as GAD and depression. Also, anxiety tends to stop people from doing what they want and reaching their goals.
  • Patients suffering from abnormal cases of anxiety can become physically weaker. This is because unstable mental health affects the whole system of the body—starting from the digestive down to the very critical cardiovascular system.

Characteristics

  • It can happen to anyone.
  • It can be triggered by anything, even the tiniest bit of inconvenience.
  • Entertaining anxiety causes frequent attacks and could lead to abnormal cases.
  • Fears and stress are the top external factors that contribute to high anxiety levels.

Overcome

The best way to overcome—aside from seeking professional help—is to do the things you love without minding what others will say. Extend your boundaries and get out of your comfort zone. Leaving from someone else’s box and creating your own is good and actually healthy in maintaining your mental health.

Take trips alone and do things exactly how you want it. Never compromise your own goals. Break the norms and teach yourself to have a positive outlook in life—because remember, Fear and Stress are the best friends of Anxiety.

Anxiety at Home

Although the home is where a person’s heart is, at some point, home is also the first place a person tends to grow apart from.

The emotional development and the construction of a person’s behavioral pattern start at home.  The first people that a person engages with are the people he grew up with.

Anxiety can seem like a harmless feeling. It comes and it goes. Anxiety can be intense and sometimes, it really demands to be felt. Keep in mind though, that your home is no place to embank anxiety with and it shouldn’t trigger anxiety disorders.

You, as a parent, have to be observant with the ambiance of your home. See to it that your family talks regularly and issues are being properly resolved.

One more thing is that you should always remember that you yourself are also prone to anxiety disorders—from your stressful days at work to doing exhausting household tasks. In that case, you should always be open to your family members and work on it together.

Have frequent recreational activities together to develop your family bond even more. Also, it is advised to have a mental health checkup once in a while just to ensure a sound mental system for everyone in your home.

Normal vs. Abnormal Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion we feel when we’re having problems, feeling lonely and having personal issues. However, there are certain levels of anxiety that are critical and we really need to keep an eye on.

Normal Anxiety

  • Normal anxiety occurs depending on a situation and the anxiousness level matches the extremity of the situation.
  • Anxiety attacks are very occasional, not severe and not prolonged. Also, it has a minimal effect on a person’s life in general.
  • This type of anxiety is normally caused by reminiscing memories, having regrets, and non-achievement of a certain task.

Abnormal Anxiety

  • Abnormal anxiety has different types such as GAD, Panic attacks, Phobias, PSTD, etc.
  • Anxiety attacks are observed on a regular basis, it is severe, oftentimes prolonged and interferes with the person’s life.
  • The anxiety level is out of proportion when it is matched with the extremity of the situation which triggered the anxiety attack.

If you are suffering from these type of symptoms and learned that you’re experiencing the abnormal type, it’s better to seek professional help before it’s too late.

Always be aware of your mental health status by regularly having consultations or mental exercises with your doctor.

Nonetheless, we shouldn’t wait until anxiety takes over our lives. It can have fatal consequences.