Anxiety symptoms. Are you affected?
Anyone at least once in their life has faced with anxiety and is familiar with anxiety symptoms from their personal experience, or saw how suffered their friends or relatives. And it is not surprising, – according to the specialists’ research, almost every person of our planet has suffered the anxiety neurosis and every other is suffering from anxiety at this moment.
What is anxiety? The simplest definition of anxiety is a feeling of groundless inner agitation and restlessness. If “agitation” has its specific cause, – it is called a fear or phobia. There have been recorded a wide range of fears in the literature. These are in particular: the fear of closed spaces, sharp objects, heights, darkness, loneliness, public speaking, blood, snakes, spiders, illnesses, and the fear of number 13 and so on. But in case agitation occurs for no apparent reason, – doctors may speak of anxiety disorder. Depending on the origin and nature of its manifestations, there are three main types of anxiety: attack-like, persistent and post-stress (reactive) anxiety. In addition, anxiety symptoms are divided into mental and physical manifestations.
Usually, anxiety occurs in women, especially in those over 40 years old. However, it can develop at an early age and in men as well. Having occurred once, anxiety tends to be repetitive (recurrent) and prolonged condition.
A person usually cannot just stop worrying, and that leads to disturbed daily activities. Moreover, due to continuous fears, stress, fatigue and irritability, inherent to these patients, suffer their loved ones.
Along with irrational agitation, anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive nervousness or fear susceptibility, accompanied by overactive autonomic nervous system. Very often appear sleep disturbances (especially difficulty falling asleep or waking up during the night). Restlessness, lethargy or clumsiness of movements is also present.
So, what about common anxiety symptoms? The following physical complaints are typical for anxiety disorder: fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, back and lower back pain (often treated as degenerative disk disease), muscle twitching, and others. These anxiety symptoms are to a greater extent due to the chronic increase in muscle tone, which accompanies pathological anxiety.
Anxiety is usually accompanied by other physical symptoms. These are: palpitation, disrupted heartbeat, chest tightness, heart pain, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, tremors, sweating, chills, goosebumps, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dry mouth. Often appears dizziness, skin paleness or redness, itching, hives, asthma and sexual dysfunction.
The treatment of anxiety disorder is often difficult, long-term and requires a lot of perseverance and creativity. An important task of any intelligent person is to identify anxiety, clarify its painful experiences to their anxious relatives and friends and bring them to treatment. Simple dissuasion of unfounded worries in such cases usually is not enough.
The main approaches to the treatment of anxiety disorders are:
- Drug therapy
Simple relaxation techniques (muscle relaxation, quiet breathing, distraction) also produce therapeutic effect. Friendly conversation contributes to quick recovery as well.
If you noticed the anxiety symptoms described above, i.e. which usually occur for no apparent reason, you certainly should see a psychiatrist or psychologist.