Anxiety Disorders

What is an Anxiety disorder?

We all experience anxiety for time to time when we face something dangerous or difficult, embarrassing or stressful.

An anxiety disorder is anxious feelings that are there most of the time, even when there is no obvious cause for them. The person suffering form an anxiety disorder is continually uncomfortable and tense. An anxiety  disorder is usually diagnosed when the anxiety and feelings of panic get in the way of a normal life and stops the person doing what they want to do. Common anxiety disorders include Generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, Separation anxiety disorder, phobias, social phobia, Obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) and Post- traumatic stress disorder.

Signs and symptoms 
 Emotional symptoms of an anxiety disorder

*Feelings of dread and nervousness all the time
*Trouble concentrating 
*Feeling tense and jumpy
*Waiting for the worst to happen
*Feeling irritable and restless
* Waiting for signs of danger.

Physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder

*Pounding heart.
*Sore stomach
*Shortness of breath
*Tremors and twitches.
*Muscle tension
*Tiredness and trouble sleeping.

What can cause an Anxiety disorder?
 The causes to an anxiety disorder can vary, but some things that can contribute to an anxiety disorder is:

Heredity- Anxiety disorders tend to ” run in families” which may be due to genetics, and can also be because people learn anxious behaviours from their family.

Personality- People who are easily upset, very sensitive and emotional or shy are more likely to develop to an anxiety disorder.

Not to mention biochemical differences within the brain can play a part too.

What can you do to help someone who has an anxiety disorder?

 remember that the person with an anxiety disorder cannot just choose to be less anxious so saying things like “don’t worry so much” and everyone worries, you don’t have to be perfect” may not be so useful. The best thing you can do to help someone with an anxiety disorder is just to support them and be there for them, make sure that you listen emphatically without becoming frustrated, provide helpful suggestions  and just be there  for them. It is also important to remember  that friends or even a family member suffering from an anxiety disorder not only need people to discuss their problems  with and talk to they also need friends that will make their lives fun and enjoyable. Being a fun and relaxing person to be around is a fantastic support for someone who has an anxiety disorder.

What can you do to help yourself?

Just like depression or any other mental health illness, an a anxiety disorder is also a form of this illness, so you have the right to get help, just as you would with any other illness.You can help yourself with an anxiety disorder by:
*Learning relaxation techniques
*Exercise and an healthy diet
* Doing enjoyable things that you love doing.
*Hang out with those people who make you feel happy and relaxed.
*Talk to a doctor about a treatment plan (If needed)

*Don’t be afraid to seek professional help, talk to a counselor, they will help you by teaching you more self-help techniques and helping you with your very own support plan, and more.


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