When we talk about mental disorders, we tend to label things in a way that is a bit more generalized than it should be. Saying that one has depression while they are simply sad or have not slept or eaten properly is downright a lie and a misrepresentation of what actual depression (the clinical kind) is.
This is something that people also do with anxiety. Anxiety is a topic that we will cover in a short but detailed overview.
What is Anxiety?
Here lies the problem, when most people say that they are anxious, they mean that they are worried, nervous, or have some sort of fear. Most people don’t mean that they have an anxiety-related disorder such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or even PTSD.
Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness or worry, even fear, which can be anywhere from unpleasant to downright paralyzing or worse. Anxiety is actually a symptom of many other disorders, some of them mentioned above.
The most common type of anxiety is GAD, where the person may have anxiety attacks about random situations, which do not have to be tied to a specific event, such as going outside.
Anxiety as a disorder is caused by either severe physical or emotional trauma, genetics, or some areas of the brain being overly active, such as the emotional center. In other words, it is far from clear what causes anxiety.
How Does Anxiety Manifest?
Anxiety typically manifests as a feeling of nervousness or restlessness. Depending on the person, the following symptoms might also be present, such as nausea, sweating, insomnia, panic attacks, obsessive thinking, hyperventilating, as well as a racing heart or even heart palpitations.
The problem with anxiety symptoms is that they are different for every person and that they can even change from person to person. While anxiety symptoms can be harmful and annoying, they might not be actual symptoms of a disorder, but rather symptoms of undersleeping, stress, or anything that tires the body and mind out.
How to Treat Anxiety?
Anxiety shouldn’t be treated as a disorder until a medical specialist determines the cause. Self-treatment is strongly discouraged and if continuous symptoms of anxiety plague anybody, they should seek a general practitioner, and then a specialist, should there be a need.
Anxiety symptoms can be treated by slow and long breathing, yoga, exercises, fewer carbohydrates, processed foods, and finally, more high-quality sleep.
Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness or nervousness which is often mistaken for real and problematic disorders. Anxiety should be taken seriously if the symptoms mentioned above persist and medical professionals should immediately be contacted.
Self-treatment is out of the question unless it includes better nutrition, better sleeping, and exercise.