Struggling with anxiety can cause a person to feel as though they have no hope. Without the proper tools help treat to any type of mental illness, an individual can experience very negative emotional and physical side effects. Often a person is not aware that they are suffering from an anxiety disorder and spend many years living with pain that could easily be managed and treated.
How does one determine if they are suffering from a form of anxiety? The signs and symptoms of anxiety are quite easy to spot if you just keep an eye out for them and pay attention to how you react to certain situations, emotions, and problems in your daily life.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- A constant fear of certain situations. This could be going to school or work. When I was younger I had really bad anxiety about going to camp during the summer. Nothing was wrong with the camp and it was really fun, I just got so uncomfortable by the thought of it that I refused to go. Some people get scared about social situations like going out to dinner, a party, or to a bar. It can also be as simple as not wanting to leave the house at all. People who suffer from agoraphobia can experience extreme panic attacks and anxiety attacks when they even think about stepping outside of their home.
- Changes in personality. Think about how you used to react towards situations where things got intense or overemotional. Have you always been a person who gets upset easily or have you just started recently? Think about what you used to do for fun at this time in your life last year. Do you still find joy in these activities? Do you even still do them? Are you more happy or sad than you were at this time last year?
- A desire to be alone. A person who has anxiety will desire to be alone constantly. They feel uncomfortable around others and cannot be themselves when other people are around. It is healthy to spend a little bit of time each day to yourself, but too much alone time can be toxic to your life. Spending time with others is a normal healthy part of life and it should not be a chore. Getting to talk to others and express your emotions out loud can have a great impact on your journey towards becoming a happier individual.
- Panic attacks. Many people who suffer from anxiety also experience anxiety attacks when they are in stressful situations or when something very upsetting happens. If you do not experience panic attacks it does not mean you have anxiety and sometimes people who have panic attacks do not have anxiety. To really determine if you have anxiety, you can take an online anxiety quiz.
These symptoms are not the only signs that a person is suffering from anxiety. A person may experience all of these, or none of these, it really depends on you they are as an individual. Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help if you feel as though your anxiety is starting to take control of your life. The earlier you get control of it, the easier it will be to fight and conquer. Help is so easy to get and there are many people that care about you are will listen if you just communicate with them.
Different types of anxiety
There are many different types of anxiety disorders that a person is at risk to have at some point in their lives. There is generalized anxiety disorder which is the most common, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, PTSD, OCD, and many more. The best way to determine if you truly have an anxiety disorder and how to get the best help available is to seek treatment from a trained professional.
Many people do not want to see a doctor for emotional issues because they do not want to go on medication. There are many types of therapy that do not involve medication and that have been shown to be successful in treating all different types of anxiety. This can be individual therapy where you are on-on-one with a psychologist or psychiatrist and they talk you through your symptoms. They can help you get to the root of your problem and work on learning healthy ways to combat symptoms of your disorder.
Another type of therapy that you can try for treating symptoms of anxiety is group therapy. You can speak openly with other about how you really are feeling without fear of judgement. It is confidential, so no one will ever know who you are or be able to tell anyone your stories. In group therapy you can hear from people who have gone through similar experiences and learn how they have learned to cope and live with their illness. You can learn from their mistakes, and gain knowledge from learning what they did right. Group therapy also provides stability and comfort in a person’s life. As noted earlier, a person with anxiety has a desire to be left alone, and group therapy provides human interaction that is not too overwhelming.
It is important to remember to never push your mental health aside. It should be a top priority along with your physical health. Get help for your anxiety to become a better person.