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.
How about learning how to calm yourself in times of rising stress levels? Take a 2 minute chill.