Every person experiences anxiety differently. Some may have general anxiety that is manageable (but can be persistent), while some may suffer from profound anxiety attacks.
Anxiety is more than just nervousness. Anxiety disorders are serious mental illnesses. For people who suffer anxiety disorder, fear and worry are constant and overwhelming (and sometimes even crippling). They often find themselves with irrational fears, compulsive worrying, trouble in social interaction, and much more.
Anxiety disorders have many physical and psychological symptoms. Let’s look at some of them:
– Heart palpitations
– Dizziness and nausea
– Muscle tensions and weakness in the limbs
– Chest pains
Rashes, feeling of choking, and anxiety after having food are less common symptoms.
There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Here are some of the types:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – It is the most common and outspread anxiety disorder that affects most people. It is a state of physical and mental nervousness and tension in which the person is unable to judge the reason or origin of the nervousness. He is also constantly afflicted with the nervousness and finds it difficult to detach it from himself. If you are constantly anxious, worried, or stressed (physically or mentally) and that is interrupting your daily activities, you may be suffering from GAD. Here are the symptoms of GAD:
– A low energy level, a constant feeling of fatigue.
– Trouble in focusing or concentrating on tasks.
– Tense muscles (especially on the neck, back, and shoulders).
– Having obsessive negative thoughts.
Panic disorder- Panic disorder is not just “panicking”. In this disorder, the person has severe feelings of doom that are likely to cause mental and physical illness to such an extent that the person needs hospitalization. In this disorder, the person also feels that something is wrong with his/her health and often encounters panic attacks. Here are some of the common symptoms of panic attacks:
– Numbness, tingling sensations, and weakness in the body
– Trouble in breathing
– Excessive sweating
– Problems indigestion
Performance anxiety disorder- Performance anxiety or stage fright is the extreme nervousness that a person feels when he has to perform in front of an audience or in front of a camera. Stage fright can be present in anyone, from one who is new to performing on stage to one who has been performing for years. Performance anxiety can be mastered with exercise, deep breathing, building confidence, proper practice of the performance, and avoiding caffeinated beverages before the performance. Another way of treating performance anxiety is with hypnosis. Hypnosis works wonder and can give satisfying results within a relatively brief period of time. Here are some of the symptoms of performance anxiety:
– Racing heart
– Dry mouth
– Increase in blood pressure
– Racing thought
– A feeling of embarrassment
– Shaky voice
– Cold fingers, toes, nose, and ears
An overwhelming fear to forget what to say or do in the performance.