Understanding Anxiety – “What is Anxiety”?

Understanding Anxiety

Understanding anxiety and the feeling associated with being out of controlAnxiety is the body’s way to respond to danger.  We are programmed to experience an “alarm” if we feel that we are in danger, being placed under pressure, or in stressful situations.  Our “alarm” thresh-hold is different for every person.  For some, the alarm sounds when we meet a new person; for others, (some police officers, for example) it doesn’t sound until they are face-to-face with an armed suspect.

The “alarm” or the feeling of anxiety or “anxiousness”, isn’t a necessarily bad feeling to have.  Anxiety helps you to be alert and aware; can cause you to take action; or encourage you to enact a solution to solve the problems that are troubling you.

When that anxiety (or anxiousness or nervousness) is “always on”, or it begins to interfere with your life activities and relationships, we need to determine what has caused us to cross over from normal anxiety to the realm of anxiety disorders.

What are your symptoms and do they indicate an anxiety disorder?

If you continue to experience some of these indicators or symptoms, and they do not seem to go away, it is possible that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder.

  • Are you always or often tense, worried, or “on edge”?
  • Are you overcome by fear that you know is irrational, but can’t stop the fear?
  • Is your feeling of anxiety interfering with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
  • Do you find ways to avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you feelings of anxiety?
  • Do you often feel that you must complete tasks a certain way or bad things will happen?
  • Are you intensely critical of how others around you complete certain tasks, to the point of you feeling that you must complete the task for it to be correct?
  • Do you experience uncontrollable attacks of heart-stimulating panic (fast heart beat, breathing fast, “out of control” feeling)?
  • Are you worried that around every corner you will find danger or catastrophe?

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Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

1: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is the most commonly experienced type of anxiety. GAD affects millions of people.

GAD is described as an “ongoing state of mental and/or physical tension and nervousness”, without a specific cause or without the ability to stop the feelings.

Therefore, if you feel constantly edgy, worried, anxious, or stressed (physically or mentally) and it is interfering with your normal life activities, you may be experiencing “generalized anxiety disorder”.  Remember that some anxiety is a natural part of life, when experienced occasionally. When you experience anxiety for no apparent reason or for reasons that […] Continue Reading…

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Sexual Performance Anxiety

Another aspect of social phobia is “sexual performance anxiety”.   This is often caused by prior events or activities.  Most experts divide it into three major causes:

Societal Pressure
Upsetting Sexual Encounter

In societal pressure, we worry about how our partner will judge us or our performance.  Are we bigger, smaller, better, worse, etc., than our partner’s previous partner or the person WE think our partner views as the ultimate partner.  This is a perfect example of how we put too much pressure on ourselves for things that are beyond our control.

Inexperience usually leads to premature ejaculation, which can lead to the development […] Continue Reading…

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Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

“Anxiety disorder” actually refers to a bunch of related conditions rather than one easy-to-understand “disorder”.   It is further complicated because the symptoms and experiences vary significantly among different people.

For example, Bob might be deathly afraid of being called-on to speak in the conference room, while Cindy experiences panic and can’t breathe correctly when faced with meeting new people in a social setting.  Tom feels “out of control” when his partner tries to straighten his desk or move his personal items around; while Stephanie doesn’t want to leave the house for fear of the germs […] Continue Reading…

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