Anxiety affects nearly everyone in the form of fear, stress, and tension.
Anxiety becomes a problem when it causes unhappiness, physical ailments, problems at home – at work or at school – or relationship difficulties.
Worry can be the most prominent feature of someone’s anxiety. The “what if” scenarios can affect people throughout the day and even at night while they are trying to sleep. Worry can lead to sinking feelings of apprehension and dread.
Panic or Anxiety Attack
A sudden surge of anxiety can lead to an anxiety attack or even a panic attack. Sometimes these attacks come from out of the blue, but other times they occur under stressful circumstances. These attacks are accompanied by physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, and feeling dizzy. Someone having an anxiety or panic attack can also fear that they are dying or going crazy. Such experiences can be severe, terrifying, and debilitating.
Tension and Impulsivity
For others, anxiety is manifested as tension, irritability, and impulsivity. This form of anxiety can lead people to make decisions that they later regret, such as substance abuse, losing their temper, hurting other people, or harming themselves.
Physical Problems from Anxiety
For others still, anxiety is characterized by physical problems, such as headaches, sore muscles, fatigue, high blood pressure, racing heart, sweating, stomach upset, and insomnia. If it goes untreated, anxiety can lead to very serious and pervasive health problems.
Anxiety is a very treatable condition.
Evidence-based treatment for anxiety includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior therapy, mindfulness informed therapy, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR). The benefits of therapy can be enhanced with medication, herbal supplements, exercise, and mindfulness meditations.