We live in an unpredictable, sometimes chaotic world, where reactions of fear and anxiety seem to be more than normal.
- Although uncomfortable, anxiety symptoms are not dangerous.Symptoms of anxiety may frighten or worry us, if we don’t know that these symptoms are signs of anxiety and not signs of another disease.
- Sometimes people who have symptoms of anxiety, worry or fear that they have a serious problem or that something might be wrong with them. These worries cause more anxiety symptoms and as a result people worry more and so on.
- When anxiety symptoms are too severe and last for a long time, people begin to avoid or postpone what they want to do or what normally do.
Sometimes it may happen that a person has anxiety and doesn’t even know it.
Many times people confuse the symptoms of anxiety with symptoms of a somatic disease or physical condition. Therefore, the first step in treating anxiety is to identify if anxiety is a problem for you.
Anxiety affects us in at least four ways. These are symptoms of anxiety:
- How we feel: tense, anxious, scared, constantly afraid about what might happen, or that something bad might occur, or that an unpleasant feeling might show up again.
- How we think: worrying, having negative expectations, being unable to focus.
- How our body reacts: we experience pain, dizziness, sweating, rapid heartbeat, purgation, feeling of choking, difficulty falling asleep, etc.
- How we behave: we avoid places or situations, use pills or wear them with us so that we have them at hand in case we might need them, we need someone to be with, we smoke more, we can not relax, we can not finish what we start.