WHAT IS ANXIETY?
A good number of people reading this article will be those who have been told by their friends, “you have an anxiety problem, go fix it” or by a doctor, “you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder so you need to see a specialist for a therapy.” These may have led you to ask the question: “what is anxiety?” Here is information which your friends or doctor may not have given you.
Anxiety in its natural meaning refers to the body’s response to unusual circumstances such as fear. Every human being has experienced anxiety at some point in their lives. It could range from the feeling of worry or uneasiness about something or an outcome to the desire of seeing something happen or making an impact on something.
There tend to be instances where there are disorders in these emotions caused by habitual, genetic, brain chemistry or dietary factors. This affects the central nervous system which may be characterised by fluctuations in adrenal gland secretions which causes people to react in unusual ways to circumstances.
TYPES OF ANXIETY
Here are different types of anxiety.
1. GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER:
This is a kind of anxiety where the victim lives in constant fears and worries such that, they are distracted from their normal daily activities.
2. ANXIETY ATTACKS
It is usually characterised by sudden and repetitive panic attacks as well as the constant fear of experiencing another happening.
3. OBSESSIVE –COMPULSIVE DISORDER
Victims usually experience unwanted and uncontrollable thoughts or behaviours.
People have a psychologically exaggerated fear of an event, object, animal or a situation that do not realistically pose any danger to people.
5. SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
This causes people to live in fear of not being accepted in society or being humiliated by people which makes them decline to attend social gatherings
6. POST TRAUMATIC DISORDER
People usually get affected after surviving a severe natural disaster or encountering a traumatising experience.
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