ANXIETY

How to recognize anxiety?

How to recognize anxiety?
Everyone has anxiety from time to time. But sometimes anxiety can be so frequent and overwhelming that it affects your daily life. This could be the sign of an anxiety disorder. There are different types of anxiety disorders, but all share the main symptom of excessive fear or worry.
Someone living with an anxiety has a constant feeling of fear, tension and worry about something with an uncertain outcome. It can cause significant problems in all areas of life, including school, work and social situations.
Mental markers of anxiety may include:
  • Worry about the immediate or long-term future
  • Thinking about a problem over and over again and unable to stop
  • Wanting to escape a situation
  • Thinking about death due to the perceived risk of certain dangers or outcomes
Physical signs of anxiety may include:
  • Difficulty concentrating due to agitation or racing thoughts
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep due to thoughts
  • Gastrointestinal distress, such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate, trembling, sweating and muscle tension
People with anxiety disorder may feel:
  • Restless
  • Fidgety
  • On edge
  • Nervous
  • Tense
  • Fearful
  • Impatient
  • Frustrated
Recovery is possible with treatment
Recovery from an anxiety disorder is possible with the right treatment and support. Effective treatments for anxiety disorders may include:
Anxiety hacks:
  • Put one hand on your heart and one hand on your stomach.
  • Feel your feet planted firmly on the ground.
  • Take a deep breath in, hold it for five seconds, then breathe out every drop of air.
  • Repeat until you feel grounded in the present moment.
What to Expect From Therapy?
A common misunderstanding about therapy is that you'll immediately start to feel better. Sometimes this is the case. But much of the time, you feel worse before you start feeling better. Surprisingly, feeling worse is often a sign of progress. And if you think about it, that makes sense.
When you make the decision to enter into therapy, it's often because you haven't been able to work through your anxiety on your own. Therapy involves exploring your anxiety and the reasons behind it in a deeper, more meaningful way. This can cause a temporary spike in your anxiety.
Therapy should never be thought of as a quick fix. It's a process that's unique to each individual. The type of therapy you need, the skills, that you learn, and how long you're in therapy depends entirely on the type of anxiety you have and the severity of your symptoms.
It's important to understand that though the process won't always feel good, it will be completely worthwhile in the end.