Anxiety is a natural response to stressful situations at work, school, or before making an important decision. When feelings of anxiety are extreme and go on for a long period of time, then you may have an anxiety disorder.
What Are The Types Of Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety is a sign of several disorders. These include:
- Panic Disorder: When you experience recurring panic attacks at random times.
- Separation Anxiety: When you have a fear of being away from home or loved ones.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Intense feelings of anxiety following an emotional/physical traumatic event.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: When you fear being negatively judged by others in social situations.
What Does It Look Like?
Anxiety manifests itself through our thoughts, body sensations, and actions.
Thought: “Something bad is going to happen to me.”
Anxious thought appears when you think that something bad is going to happen to you or your loved ones.
Body: Shortness of breath, Shakiness
You can feel anxiety in your body. You may feel like you can’t breathe, your heart is beating faster, and you are hot and sweaty.
Actions: Freezing, Running away
When you feel anxious, you may feel threatened so you take action to protect yourself. You may run away or avoid a situation or freeze up and have a hard time reacting.
Cause of Anxiety
Researchers have not been able to find a single cause of anxiety. It is tied to a combination of things such as changes in the brain, environmental stress and genes.