What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is our bodies’ natural response to stress. We have all experienced anxiety at some stage in our lives. Any one of us, irrespective of background, age or gender can be affected. For example, you may feel anxious about a job interview, an exam, giving a speech or a medical test. Normal anxiety can come and go and motivate us to do a better job and work harder. Anxiety can be minimised by seeking support and information, and building tools and techniques to manage it.

Some people are unable to control their worry and anxiety and it begins to impact their daily lives. This can have an effect on our relationships, careers, education, and our overall well being.

Normal Anxiety

  • Worrying about paying bills, a romantic breakup, or other important life events.
  • Feeling nervous or sweating before a big exam, speech, sports performance, or other significant events.
  • Feeling self-conscious or embarrassed in an uncomfortable social situation.
  • Experiencing difficulty sleeping or anxiety after traumatic events.
  • Realistic fear of a dangerous place or situation.

Anxiety Disorder

  • Constant worry that interferes with everyday life and causes significant distress.
  • Irrational fear of a place, situation or an object that poses little or no threat of danger.
  • Avoidance of social situations out of fear of being judged, embarrassed, and humiliated.
  • Recurring flashback, emotional numbing, or nightmares related to a traumatic event that occurred years or months before

Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Racing heart
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Tense muscles
  • Morbid thoughts
  • Excessive and undue worry
  • Feeling of panic/panic attacks

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