Coping with Anxiety and Recognizing the Symptoms
Stress is a part of everyday life. It’s unavoidable and is going to rear its head at some point in your life. There is no way to completely remove stress from your life; feeling it is a part of being human. With stress comes a sense of anxiety, or a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. Anxiety is also a natural part of life; everyone will occasionally experience anxiety at some point. Feeling a sense of anxiety is not cause for concern; it’s when those episodes of anxiety are frequently intense, persistent, and excessive that the concern for a disorder is possible. If you find yourself feeling these strong, frequent bouts of anxiety over normal, everyday situations, or if you find yourself reaching levels of panic easily, then it may be a good sign to be looked at for an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, with 40 million adults over the age of 18 being affected by it, or 18.1% of the population every year. They can be formed because of genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. We are living in an increasingly anxious world, and more and more people are speaking up about their struggles with anxiety. From celebrities to the average person, anxiety isn’t out of the ordinary in the slightest, and our perception and treatment of it should be normalized. Common symptoms of anxiety include sweating, trembling, increased heart rate, trouble sleeping, and more. It can be caused by numerous things such as drug misuse or withdrawal, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disorders.
There are many different types of anxiety that someone can suffer from. One of the most common types is Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder is categorized by chronic anxiety and persistent worry, even over small, mundane tasks and situations. The worry is out of proportion with the actual situation you are in, and can affect your mood and behavior. It’s also commonly associated with other forms of anxiety disorder and depression. One such accompaniment can be Panic Disorder, where the person feels unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear, often with physical symptoms of chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, and more. Panic disorder is a tendency and propensity to feel panic as if you are on the verge of having a panic attack.
Another form of anxiety, that many people might not realize is characterized as such is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is characterized by frequent and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Washing hands, cleaning, and counting can be examples of things that cause a person to feel obsessions or compulsions. Performing any of these things brings about a sense of relief and not performing them increases the feeling of anxiety. It’s hard for people who suffer from OCD to walk away from these situations without performing the actions specifically how they need to.
There is also Social Anxiety Disorder, or overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness about everyday situations. Social anxiety can be limited to one specific situation such as speaking in front of a crowd or being in a busy environment, but can also be severe enough that a person may experience anxiety in any situation in which they are around other people. Social anxiety can help attribute to a person’s agoraphobia, or fear of leaving their home.
Finishing off the five most common types of anxiety is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This anxiety disorder is formed when a person experiences an event with intense terror or an ordeal where they were harmed in some way. It is built around trauma and the person’s experiences. Violent situations, natural or human-caused disasters, and accidents can all help trigger PTSD and give the person an intense feeling of anxiety.
As we said before, the world is anxious and everyone living within it is feeling those effects to some degree. If you feel like you are starting to show symptoms of an anxiety disorder, there is no shame in seeking help or treatment for it. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable despite only 36.9% of people suffering actually seeking help. The stigma around anxiety, as well mental illness as a whole, is causing people to believe they don’t need to, or should not, seek help for it, which isn’t true. The narrative around these struggles is constantly changing for the better, and by seeking help, you are also helping so many people in the world who suffer too. By seeking the help you need, you are helping to normalize the idea that mental illness is okay and common. As more and more people stand up for themselves to get the help that they need, the world will start to understand that these things are normal, and that they are not alone in their struggles.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at TrueRecovery.com. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 and [email protected]