Distinguish Between Normal and Abnormal Anxiety


Almost everyone feels anxiety at certain times.

Most people will admit that they have felt anxiety at some time of their life. For some of them, it was when they had to give a speech or presentation in front of a group. Others experienced it when they were ready to walk down the aisle at their marriage, or as far back as the time of their first date.

Anxiety is a normal human feeling, but normal anxiety does not last for long. It is usually not debilitating, nor does it keep you from doing what you want to do. People with a real case of anxiety almost always have more serious symptoms. You can tell by the symptoms if you may have the type of anxiety that needs treatment by looking at your symptoms.

Common signs of real anxiety

There are some symptoms of anxiety that tend to develop in people who suffer from anxiety. A feeling of being nervous and powerless, and as if something terrible is about to happen are quite common. Many people breath rapidly and also have a rapid heartbeat. Some of them tremble and shake and may begin sweating profusely.

These symptoms are easy to see because they are quite obvious, but there are other symptoms that are not so easy to recognize. These are feeling worn out, tired, and weak or having trouble thinking of anything except whatever you are anxious and worried about.

Not all anxiety is alike.

There are different types of anxiety such as href="http://www.livingwithanxiety.com/anxiety-type-gad.htm">generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety plus other types.

There are some additional symptoms for different categories of anxiety, such as panic disorder that causes panic attacks. All types of anxiety do include some kind of "excessive fear and problems functioning as a result" according to the Mayo Clinic.

To know for sure if you have normal anxiety or real anxiety that requires treatment, your physician can examine you to see if there are any signs of disease that could be causing these symptoms. If not, you will probably be referred to a psychiatrist who will check your symptoms to see if you meet the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

If you are diagnosed with anxiety, medication may be prescribed to help you cope with the anxiety. In most cases, patients are also referred to a psychotherapist who will help them learn to change their behavior when anxiety strikes. Both of these treatments can help you cope with anxiety and to live a normal life.

Source: Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/basics/tests-diagn...

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