Understanding Anxiety

June 11th, 2010
Posted in General

In future articles I will discuss the major types of anxiety disorders and effective treatment.

Anxiety is your mind and body’s natural response to events or situations that are threatening or that you could perceive as threatening. A certain amount of anxiety can help you to avoid an uncomfortable or unsafe situation or it can help you tackle an unpleasant task that must be accomplished.  Too much anxiety and interfere with your happiness or success.

So…worry and anxiety is normal for everyone, but when it is severe, lasts for several weeks, and includes symptoms that keep you from doing what your usually would, then it may be time to address it by talking with your doctor or mental health therapist.

Anxiety symptoms are real. They are not just in your head. These symptoms can be treated and experiencing these symptoms is nothing to be embarrassed about.

Common Symptoms:

  • Worry
  • Fears
  • Thoughts that don’t go away
  • Avoidance of people, places or things
  • Compulsions
  • Restlessness
  • Aches, pains
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Faintness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Difficulty concentrating

Feel free to contact me if you have further questions. I will continue to provide information about this common disorder.

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