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Anxiety And How To Prevent It

Anxiety And How To Prevent It

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Anxiety And How To Prevent It

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Anxiety And How To Prevent It

When we hear the word Anxiety, we often take it very lightly. Yes, it's normally not supposed to be such a bad thing. Actually, it's supposed to be normal. But sometimes, it escalates beyond normal and it becomes dangerous to us and to our health, like a panic attack, suicidal tendency, yet we still ignore it or take it for granted. Maybe it's because we are ignorant of it. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that it can be dangerous to us if we don't educate ourselves regarding it. We need to know about it and its symptoms so that we can recognize it on time before it gets to a more dangerous level where it might even lead to life-threatening situations. Scroll up and educate yourself a little on what Anxiety is.


First of all, what we need to ask ourselves is what is anxiety?  

Like the definition in the Oxford Dictionary of English stated, it's the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen. Like I said before, it's actually a normal thing, or supposed to be a normal feeling. Like when you are going for a job interview, you feel nervous. Or when you're going to school or any social gathering for the first time, you feel nervous, or when you're sick, and you feel you may not recover, you feel worried, or as a woman, you feel worried about the safety of your husband when he goes to work. It's totally normal. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life until it escalates or it goes beyond normal, which we call anxiety disorder. In other words, anxiety is the body's own way of responding to stress or worry.   

Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, are characterized by excessive anxiety and hyperarousal, both of which interfere with regular functioning. Anxiety disorders are often/frequently characterized by recurring episodes of acute anxiety, fright, panic/fear, or terror that peak within minutes (panic attacks).  Feeling tense/uneasy, restless, or tense are common anxiety indications and symptoms.  

 

1. Having feelings of impending harm/danger, terror, or impending disaster  

2. An elevated heart rate is a condition in which your heart pounds/beats faster than usual.  

3. Rapid breathing (hyperventilation)  

4. SweatingsTrembling  

5. Feeling fatigued or weak?  

6. Having a hard time/difficulty concentrating or thinking about anything other than your current concern  

7. Having difficulty sleeping?  

8. Having troubles with your gastrointestinal tract (GI tract)?  

9. Having trouble managing your anxiety. 

10. Having a strong desire to avoid situations that cause uneasiness 

 

There are several different types of anxiety disorders: Anxiety disorder caused by a medical condition, Agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, substance-induced anxiety, other specific and unspecific anxiety disorder, panic disorder, selective mutism, social anxiety disorder, a generalized anxiety disorder.  

Anxiety disorders are caused by a variety of factors that aren't completely understood. Anxiety disorders appear to activate/triggered by life experiences such as catastrophic occurrences in persons who are already anxious. Inherited characteristics can also play a part/role.   

 

Medical reasons   

Anxiety may be linked to an underlying health problem in certain persons. Anxiety signs and symptoms are sometimes the first signals of a medical problem.  

The following are some medical conditions that have been associated with anxiety:   

1. Coronary artery disease (heart disease)  

2. Diabetes   

3. Hyperthyroidism, for example, is a thyroid disorder.   

4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are examples of respiratory illnesses.   

5. Misuse of drugs or withdrawal   

6. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines, anti-anxiety medicines, or other medications   

7. Irritable bowel syndrome or chronic pain   

8. Tumors that release particular fight-or-flight hormones are extremely rare.  

Other factors that may cause anxiety disorder are: Trauma, illness-related stress, stress build-up, personality; some people are more prone to anxiety disorder than others, other mental health disorders such as depression, Having a blood family that suffers from anxiety   

 

Drugs and Alcohol  

Sleeplessness (insomnia), substance abuse, sadness (depression), headaches, social isolation, low quality of life, and suicidal ideation are some of the mental and physical symptoms that anxiety disorder can cause.  

The levels of anxiety are determined by the person's personality, the ways or strategies by which they cope or handle it, their gender, and their life experiences. Anxiety is usually divided into four categories based on the severity of the distress and impairment.   

1. Mild Anxiety

2. Moderate Anxiety   
 
3. Severe Anxiety  

 

Anxiety at Panic Level  

Anxiety disorders that range from mild to moderate can be treated with therapy, medication, and exercise.  

Severe anxiety may require a variety of therapy options. 

Extreme fear, fast breathing, and palpitations are all symptoms of panic anxiety. Panic attacks usually last 10 minutes and are brought on by a variety of factors.  

 

Mild Anxiety 

Mild anxiety, despite being commonly regarded as subclinical or clinically insignificant, can have an impact on one's emotional, social, and professional functioning. Mild anxiety symptoms can manifest as social anxiety or shyness, and they can occur at any age from childhood to adulthood. Mild anxiety, if left untreated, can lead to maladaptive coping techniques or more serious mental illnesses.   

Anxiety Level Moderate    

People with moderate anxiety have more frequent or persistent symptoms than people with mild anxiety, but they still function better on a daily basis than people with severe anxiety or panic disorder. People with moderate anxiety, for example, may report feeling tense, unable to control their worrying, or inability to relax on several days or the majority of days in a week, but not every day. Despite the fact that the symptoms of moderate anxiety can be disturbing, people with moderate anxiety may be able to manage their anxiety with the support of a doctor or self-help measures.   

Severe Anxiety     

Severe anxiety is extremely debilitating, and its symptoms match the diagnostic criteria for a clinically significant anxiety disorder. People who suffer from severe anxiety tend to score higher on distress scales and lower on functioning scales. Severe anxiety symptoms commonly occur in conjunction with serious depression, which can lead to increased impairment. Increased heart rate, feelings of panic, and social disengagement are common and lasting symptoms of severe anxiety. These symptoms can lead to higher healthcare costs or social disruption. Furthermore, those who suffer from acute anxiety may use alcohol or drugs to cope with their symptoms.   

Anxiety at Panic Level   

Panic disorder, often known as panic attack anxiety, is marked by frequent, persistent, and unpredictable panic attacks. The triggers for panic attacks vary from (individual)person to person(individual), and the cause of an attack may be familiar to a person or unknown. Signs and Symptoms of A panic attack can include: extreme panic, starting quite quickly, palpitations (heart pounding), breathing too fast, dizziness or nausea, and death phobia.   

Anxiety Management    

Depending on the degree of anxiety, there are a variety of approaches. Mild to moderate anxiety, for example, can be managed with exercise, meditation, or counseling.

 

The following are some preventative measures:   

1. Seek assistance as soon as possible.  

2. Stay active by attending social gatherings or participating in activities that make you happy and can help you relax.

3. Stay away from alcohol and drugs.  

4. For people suffering from anxiety, therapeutic tactics such as teletherapy can help a great deal, allowing them to regain control of their lives.  

5. For more information on anxiety and how to prevent it, visit your doctor.
 

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Mustapha Nasiru

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