In my opinion, overuse of the word “anxiety” in modern day parlance is leading to a general apathy towards, and misunderstanding of, folks who actually suffer an anxiety disorder.
Everyone feels anxious now and then – it’s a common human emotion. You may be worried about an issue at work, before taking an exam, before making an important decision.
Anxiety disorders are different.
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can put a serious dent in your ability to lead an everyday existence.
Debilitating fear, relentless worrying, feelings of overwhelm and loss of control, panic attacks, exhaustion – these are all obstacles that folks who suffer anxiety disorders have to overcome.
What types of anxiety disorder are there?
You can group anxiety disorders into 4 main groups:
All anxiety disorders share some common, general symptoms:
The experience of these symptoms on a regular basis can lead to exhaustion, low self-esteem, loneliness, and hopelessness. They can, in short, lead to depression which is often experienced hand in hand with anxiety.
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