Anxiety is our body’s natural response to certain events in our lives that make us feel stressed or pressured. It is a normal part of our lives since it protects us from getting hurt. It is alright to feel anxious when you are in difficult times. So when does anxiety become a problem? Anxiety is considered a mental health problem once you let it take over your life and you stop you from being the person that you want to be.
Anxiety is one of the most common psychological conditions nowadays. And medical professionals categorize anxiety disorder into 7 types, but I will cover 5 types here:
1. Panic Disorder
Panic disorder is an anxiety where the patient has severe attacks of panic and might feel like they are having a heart attack. They feel as if they cannot breathe, they are sweating and trembling, and the heart is beating fast. This type of disorder comes without any warning and the patient has the overwhelming urge to run away which just fuels the dreadful symptoms.
2. Social Anxiety
Social anxiety disorder is the mental condition where the patient is having a hard time coping in social events. People with social anxiety have extremely low self esteem and are most concern of what other people might think of them. They always feel that all eyes are in them when they are in a public place and just one wrong move they will be embarrassed in front of other people. Excessive sweating, blushing, and palpitations are some of the common symptoms that person who suffers from this disorder feels when they are in a public area. the patient must be able to point out where their fears of being in social places came from so that they could work on overcoming it.
3. Generalised Anxiety Disorder
This is the type of anxiety disorder that deals with more general aspects of life such as finances, health, career, life, etc. Like other types of anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder gives the patient a high level of stress, tension and depression when they encounter problems in their finances or life in general. This is the most common form of anxiety disorder yet not all people are aware that they are suffering from one. The fears that the suffer feels usually are all imaginary and this condition can worsen. The person is so worried that he might lose his job one day so he ends up a total workaholic with no time for his self.
4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
As the name suggests, the patient tends to become obsessive and, at the same time, compulsive to the point that they cannot control it anymore. A person who has obsessive compulsive behavior has a strong desire to complete a pattern or follow an order to avoid negative perceived outcomes. They believe that all misfortunes are caused by not following the complete pattern or order, when in fact, they are never really connected. OCD conditions involve obsessions about checking (e.g. doors), cleanliness (e.g. hand washing), orderliness and inappropriate sexual acts.
Phobia is another type of anxiety disorder that has to do with the intense fear of a specific situation or object such as height, dark room, water, or insect e.g. spider. The individual’s fear is extreme and causes extreme distress to the point that it invades their ability to think straight and act normally. The specific phobia only affects the individual when the feared stimulus is present.
There are a whole of lot of fears out there; you are not alone in suffering anxiety. The point is, there is no reason to keep it within you or to be embarrassed to talk about it. There are a lot of effective ways to overcome it. Remember, you are greater than your fears!