Tonight I will try my best to write about the tales of anxiety. I guess this one will be a challenge to do, since there could be a lot of information on it, or it could all lead into previous diagnoses that we may have. As you can tell, I really haven’t gone into details of how to actually deal with it, to a varying degree. Some things offer us to get out of our comfort zone, which is already hard enough!
What exactly is anxiety? Right from the get go, we have many different types of anxiety. Generalized anxiety (I’ll cover this,today), Social anxiety, Panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, separation anxiety and phobias. I am sure that they all have similar characteristics, which lead people to feel completely numb to doing anything.
People with Generalized Anxiety can have feelings of dread, distress, or agitation for no discernible reasons. We worry about work, money and other related issues, which are for no apparent reason, or realistic cause for concern. That right there, is truly spoken from somebody who does not know what it’s like to have anxiety, at all times of the day.
Here are some symptoms:
- Inability to control your constant worries.
- Free floating anxiety.
- Distress or worry that you feel is disproportionate to the situation.
- Inability to relax.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Feeling on edge and startling easily.
- Tendency to worry about or jump to the worst possible conclusion.
- Headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, or other unexplained pains.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Shakiness or twitching.
- Profuse sweating.
- Light-headedness and/or breathlessness.
- Frequent need to urinate.
- Difficulty falling asleep.
As always, please seek out a doctor if you feel the need to. Anxiety, when not properly diagnosed, can lead to other mental health issues. It could just be a side effect to something greater. Depression and Anxiety can go hand in hand, for example. Anxiety can be triggered by:
- Going to new places.
- Accepting a new role in work.
- Adjusting to a new workplace and coworkers.
- Going for a ride in the car, to grab groceries.
- Getting out of bed, in fears of something bad that may happen.
- Dealing with situations out of your control.
- Getting out of your comfort zone.
- Fear of animals.
- Walking down the street, fearing people are waiting you (more of a paranoia aspect)
- School work.
- Money issues.
- Stress within a relationship, or dealing with an ex lover.
- Dealing with family members that you are uncomfortable of.
The list can go on and on. The best way to deal with these issues is to see your doctor. They can help coach you through some of these issues, or provide you with medication. This can calm the anxiety down enough, so you can do some of the things that once made you anxious in the first place. Never be afraid to reach out for help, even if it’s a close friend!
You got this. We got this!! It’s all about exposing yourself to some new things, slowly. Getting the needed help, to achieve goals that you have. Just remember that these feelings are so valid, and so are you!