Quick Introduction to Anxiety!
Anxiety is word that is tossed around often. How often have you heard someone say “it’s giving me anxiety” in response to something asinine or simple? It’s a term that gets thrown around often and typically by those who don’t actually have clinical/diagnosable anxiety. Hearing someone claim they have to have serious anxiety when they don’t and don’t understand what they are even claiming is a PET PEEVE of mine. It diminishes the struggle and the seriousness of the disorder and the light of those living with it everyday.
Not many people know the difference between normal anxiety and clinical anxiety. Lucky for you I’m going to break it down and explain it to ya real quick, so pay attention. Everyone experiences anxiety, that’s normal. Anxiety is an exaggerated response to perceived danger. Worrying about finances, school or work loads, relationships, friendships, etc. is normal. Anxiety generally tends to flare up and then dissipate after some time passes. For an individual with an anxiety disorder the anxiety symptoms that they are experiencing tend to increase and maintain instead. Common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include racing thoughts, irrational thinking, panic, excessive worrying and fear, irritability, difficulty falling asleep/staying asleep, nausea, heart palpitations, difficulty concentrating, fidgeting, nervousness, etc. trust me the most goes on and on.
There are also several different anxiety disorders and they all have different criteria. Surprise! Not all anxiety is created equal. Some of the more common ones that you may have heard of are Generalized anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and Panic Disorder. They all have separate diagnosing criteria. None of these disorders are to be made light of. Many people struggle with debilitating anxiety on a daily basis and do their best to manage and decrease their symptoms. If you experience many of these symptoms and feel like you might have an anxiety disorder, set up an appointment to consult with a doctor or mental health professional as soon as possible. There are many treatment options available.
In the mean time check out my next post for 5 ways to begin managing your anxiety now!