What is Anxiety?

If we or a loved one lives with anxiety, it is comforting to know that we are not alone. Millions of people have been diagnosed in the United States alone. For some people, their anxiety may make it difficult to complete tasks throughout the day.

Here is a list of common symptoms of anxiety:
• Feeling of worry
• Feelings of fear
• Unease about a person, place or thing
• Wanting to do something but feeling uneasy
• Possible compulsive behavior
• Panic or anxiety attack
• Racing thoughts
• Unwanted thoughts
• Feeling of impending doom
• Restlessness
• Inability to set aside worry

People can have some or all of these symptoms and more with anxiety. When anxiety is at it’s peak, it can even be debilitating. We can even get physical symptoms like sweating, fatigue and restlessness. This can be hard to deal with while we are working, taking care of children and pets or simply trying to enjoy daily life.

Not only do I live with anxiety, but I am a family member and friend to people who have anxiety. I know first hand that it can hinder our ability to enjoy our life.

Anxiety can make typical activities very difficult. It is important that our first step is to speak with a doctor, psychiatrist and/or therapist when it comes to anxiety. Psychiatrists can assist with medicinal therapy.

Also, psychologists and therapists can be a great part of our support system. It is imperative that we talk to a medical professional when it comes to our anxiety. Also, self care is very important. We must put ourselves first and focus on our mind and body. We must check in with how we are feeling throughout the day.

When we are feeling anxiety, it is important to stop and ask ourselves why. Do we have a specific reason for our anxiety? There could be a trigger. With a trigger, our anxiety can be worsened. Maybe we have a big meeting at work. Possibly a party or event is making us feel anxious. A little bit of anxious feelings can be expected during different life changes and moments. However, it is important to know when our anxiety is unwarranted. What if we are feeling anxiety when we shouldn’t be?

For some of us, we may need medication for anxiety when symptoms become unbearable. Some medications can be taken as needed. In this case, we can decide if our anxiety is too high for us and then we take our medicine. For others, there are daily medications we can take.

This is why our medical team is so important. We must make sure that we are open and honest about how we are feeling with our medical staff. Anxiety isn’t something we should face alone.

Also, there are support groups either online or in person for anxiety. Some of us can have anxiety along with a physical ailment, mental ailment or both. Anxiety can be weak or strong or anywhere in between. Anxiety can come in waves. Also, different internal and external stimuli can trigger anxiety.

Making sure that we take care of ourselves is key when it comes to anxiety. It is important that we create a schedule for self care. This includes hygiene, nutrition, fitness and relaxation. We will go over self care with anxiety in The Anxiety Warriors available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

About the author:
Amy Perez has a Master’s Degree in General Psychology. She has worked in Miami, Florida with people living with various mental illnesses. She has spent many hours inside mental health facilities with a first hand patient perspective. Amy lives in Florida with her family and orange tabby. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking and spending time in nature.

Author of Manic, 10 Ways to Thrive with Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar Disorder: Love and Relationships, Bipolar Disorder: Triggers, Boundaries and Roadblocks and The Anxiety Warriors
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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of PatientNextDoor. Any omissions or errors are the author’s and PatientNextDoor does not assume any liability or responsibility for them.

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