How do I recognize Anxiety?
Anxiety is different from normal worrying. Everyone worries. But if you have anxiety, you literally can't stop worrying. Your mind is going all the time, your body is tense, and relaxing is extremely difficult.
In today’s world, it is quite normal to have some stress or anxiety on a daily basis. Our attention is often split in a million directions at the same time. It is common to feel that if you are not juggling multiple tasks then something is wrong. Never mind the digital age we live in and all the pull for your attention from social media and smart devices.
Anxiety, though normal in many instances, may escalate to the point where it starts to impede your functioning. Too much anxiety may disrupt your focus, sleep, present as physical symptoms and impact your ability to relate to others. You may also find it difficult to move past your worried thoughts and feel relaxed. Anxiety impacts our lives in the following domains:
Thoughts and feelings
Rumination: feeling like your mind can’t stop thinking about something but it doesn’t lead to you finding a solution
You can’t turn your mind off at night to sleep
Always thinking about what will go wrong
Excessive concerns about safety and control
Feeling weak and unable to cope
Feeling powerless to get out of the anxiety loop
Changes in the body
While anxiety can be a normal and helpful response to worrisome situations, it’s when you begin to feel a sense of chronic, excessive worry about many different aspects of life that anxiety gets in the way of you being your best self. It is also common for anxiety to begin to take shape in physical forms such as headaches, stomach pains, GI issues, and fatigue. When this happens it may be time to seek support.
Anxiety is the most common issue that brings people into treatment. We all have things in our lives that contribute to feeling fearful and anxious. This is a normal part of being human. In small doses, anxiety can be motivating and keep us on our toes. However, problems develop when your anxiety causes you to avoid experiences rather than engage in life’s challenges. Anxiety often develops from worrying about the future and wanting to avoid or control specific outcomes. When you become preoccupied with anxiety, your life feels smaller and less rewarding as a result.
Anxiety is a commonly used term to describe the intense sense of worry that we experience in preparation, or in anticipation, of an event. While anxiety can be used as a general term to describe these often unwelcome feelings, there are many clinical presentations under the anxiety umbrella. Sometimes anxiety presents itself as a constant, severe sense of generalized worry, while for other people, anxiety appears in the form of panic attacks in response to specific situations. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is also a related condition that may produce impulsive feelings that you must behave in some specific way to remove the unwanted feelings of anxiety (for example, by repetitive hand washing). However your feelings of anxiety are manifesting, we know how painful it can be to constantly worry or to feel that things are on the verge of falling apart. We know, too, how incredibly common anxiety is in today’s society, and how often it occurs alongside other distressing conditions like depression.
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