Maybe there are no people, who didn't feel anxious at some point of their lives.
Anxiety is a normal response of human's body to stressful event. It elevates the heart rate and speeds up breathing, providing better blood supply of your brain.
Sometimes people experience digestive problems, like diarrhea or gassiness, when being exposed to stress. Others complain of inability to concentrate, sleep or think about anything besides the main cause of anxiety.
Once stress is over, everything in your body should return to the normal state.
But it goes not always in the right way.
Some of us worry about anything too long, even if this problem doesn't exist in reality. These people become unusually nervous and anxious with no reason, performing strange behaviors constantly or once in a while.
The National Institute of Mental Health claim that nearly 40 million adults in the US suffer from too frequent inexplicable fear, medically called anxiety disorder.
Repeated anxiety and stress can impair your immune system and increase risks of hypertension, heart attack, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic respiratory disease.
It's not so easy to understand, why do anxiety disorders occur. Experts say that combination of genetic factors, traumatic accidents and some other environmental factors may be responsible for prolonged anxiety symptoms.
By the way, it was found that women have 60% higher chances of getting anxiety disorder than men.
Anxiety disorder is not a single condition. This definition includes several disorders, which have their specific features and symptoms. Let's see, what we're talking about:
#1. Panic disorder – those, who have this issue, experience short-term splashes of severe fear, which goes away within 10-20 minutes. Sometimes panic attack looks like real heart attack, as it becomes apparent in chest pain, profuse sweating, heart palpitations, breathlessness and sense of dying.
#2. Generalized anxiety disorder – if you worry excessively about routine events for a long time, there is a chance that you have GAD. Persistent tension is often accompanied by fatigue, trouble focusing, muscle tension (even if you don’t exercise vigorously) and insomnia.
#3. Agoraphobia – this term describes irrational fear of certain situations or places, which lasts during six months or more. People with agoraphobia feel dramatically powerless or embarrassed in routine places, like elevator, public transportation or crowd. Staying in these trigger-places may contribute to panic attack.
#4. Social anxiety disorder – each of us feel nervous before speaking to public. The problem is, if you feel extremely anxious, uncomfortable and self-conscious, when you are near other people, including your friends. This can make you avoid public places and speaking with anyone.
#5. Separation anxiety disorder – it's normal for children to feel anxious, when mother is far from them. But in some cases this fear appears in adults, and they worry about separation from a person, to whom they are devoted. Separation anxiety disorder may be diagnosed, if a person refuse to go anywhere without a close individual, being afraid to lose him or her, during six months for adults or one month for children.
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