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WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety is the sensation we experience when we find ourselves worried, tense, or fearful - especially about upcoming events or potential future outcomes. It is a natural human response that manifests through our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

However, when does this natural response become problematic? It becomes an issue when it starts to hinder our ability to live a fulfilling life. For instance, if your feelings of anxiety become extremely difficult to control, disproportionate to the situations at hand, and result in avoiding social interactions with loved ones.

The most common anxiety disorders include:

- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

- Social Anxiety Disorder

- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

- Panic Disorder, and various phobias.

 

Some of the symptoms associated with anxiety include: feeling constantly tense or unable to relax, anticipating the worst outcomes, experiencing sleep problems, and being easily irritable.

Panic attacks, on the other hand, are a specific manifestation of anxiety. They occur when our body overreacts to perceived danger, triggering an intense fear response. Panic attacks can be incredibly frightening and distressing. They are characterized by the body entering a "fight or flight" mode, where we experience heightened adrenaline levels and physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain.

It is essential to recognize when anxiety becomes overwhelming and seek support from a mental health professional. A mental health counselor can provide guidance and strategies to manage anxiety effectively, enabling you to regain control of your life and well-being. Remember, you don't have to face anxiety alone - help is available.

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