Panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and generalised anxiety disrupt the lives of about 15% of the population. Yet, anxiety is a normal part of human experience. Anxiety disorders are therefore the result of severe or extreme levels of anxiety and associated unhelpful or inappropriate behaviours.
We all know what it’s like to get anxious at times – to perspire profusely at a job interview, to turn red in front of someone we secretly like, or to freeze when we see a big spider. These anxieties are common and understandable. Indeed, they may be a part of our biology, a programmed consequence of our evolution, and a built in safety mechanism for humans. However, in our world, which can be full of unexpected and even dangerous surprises, this mechanism can become our worst enemy.
People with anxiety disorders will find that their anxiety is a constant and dominating force that severely disrupts the quality and enjoyment of their lives and goes far beyond mere occasional “nervousness.” Anxiety can be triggered frequently, both through the occurrence of ‘real life’ events, but also through imagined, negative consequences.
The result of such negative and catastrophic interpretations of even daily, seemingly trivial events can be any one of the range of anxiety disorders.
- Feelings of apprehension, worry or fear
- Anticipation of misfortune to self or others
- Poor concentration
- Impatience, uneasiness, edginess, vigilance
- Dry mouth difficulty swallowing
- Butterflies, nausea, vomiting
- Chest pain, palpitations
- Shakiness, dizziness, hyperventilations
- Sweating, headache, tingling sensations
- Jumpiness, fatigue, fidgeting, restlessness
specific anxiety disorders
The group of anxiety disorders includes panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
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