Anxiety disorders are the most common of emotional disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness. Untreated anxiety disorders can push people into avoiding situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. People with anxiety disorders are likely to suffer from depression, and they also may abuse alcohol and other drugs in an effort to gain relief from their symptoms.
Job performance, school work, and personal relationships can deteriorate significantly as result of an anxiety disorder.
The many forms and symptoms of anxiety include:
- Overwhelming feelings of panic and fear
- Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts
- Excessive worries
- Sleeping difficulty
- Painful, intrusive memories
- Recurring nightmares
- Physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, “butterflies” in your stomach, heart pounding, startling easily, and muscle tension
A common type of Anxiety Disorder is Panic Disorder. The core symptom of panic disorder is the panic attack, an overwhelming combination of physical and psychological distress.
During an attack several of these symptoms occur in combination:
- Pounding heart or chest pain
- Sweating, trembling, shaking
- Shortness of breath, sensation of choking
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Feeling unreal or disconnected
- Fear of losing control, “going crazy,” or dying
- Chills or hot flashes
- Because symptoms are so severe, many people with panic disorder believe they are having a heart attack or other life-threatening illness.
Relief from Anxiety
You may believe that being free of anxiety is a wonderful idea that’s just too good to be true. . Whether you’ve had a lifetime of feeling anxious and scared or you have sudden panic attacks, the thought of being free of that anxiety is like a dream that’s dangling in front of you, but always just out of your reach.
Getting relief from your anxiety will take some time and effort on your part. You’ll have to do some soul searching and some house cleaning with the negative experiences of your life. Anxiety is an underlying fear of the future, a feeling of being vulnerable, and out of control, and expecting the future to be like the past.
When you resolve your emotional pain about the past, and take back your personal power, and make the changes you need to make in your life to make it more of what you want it to be, anxiety has a way of greatly decreasing and even falling by the wayside. You’ll discover a new sense of yourself that will excite you and amaze you. Often it feels like being a whole new person!
When you work on releasing your anxiety issues, you’ll discover that you do have power and you can choose to make your life what you want it to be.