Understanding Your Anxiety: When Worry & Apprehension Are Extreme
We all get worried from time to time. Even feeling anxious is normal in certain situations. But, when those apprehensions seem to take over your life and leave you feeling paralyzed, understanding your anxiety may be key.
Anxiety often seems like it’s uncontrollable, which can make it feel completely overwhelming. There are many different types of anxiety to consider, too, which can make it even more confusing.
But, the symptoms are all somewhat similar. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with.
If you’ve been struggling with worry or feeling anxious lately, it’s important to educate yourself as much as possible when it comes to what anxiety actually looks like.
Understanding Your Anxiety: What Are the Causes?
There is no one concrete cause of anxiety. Some people have a predisposition to it because of hormonal levels or other chemical imbalances. For some people, certain “triggers” or situations can cause anxiety.
No matter what causes it, though, the most important thing to remember is you’re not alone in feeling anxious. Over 40 million adults in the United States alone are currently suffering from an anxiety disorder. Furthermore, no two cases are exactly alike when it comes to the causes.
Common Symptoms of Anxiety
While anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person, the most common one is intense fear or worry. It’s as though you experience a feeling of impending doom, or as if something bad is about to happen.
Other symptoms include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Easily irritable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
Feeling these things once in a while might not seem like a big deal. But for someone with anxiety, these symptoms are often frequent and extremely intense.
As you can imagine, experiencing them repeatedly can make you feel as though the disorder is completely taking over your life.
Because these symptoms can be so intense, you might not even want to leave your home. That’s one of the major reasons anxiety and depression are so often linked—one paralyzes you and the other weighs you down.
Unfortunately, symptoms don’t disappear on their own. While they may not be severe all the time, they generally keep coming back. For this reason, it’s important to seek out the right kind of treatment for your extreme worries.
How to Treat Anxiety
A good thing to keep in mind is that there isn’t a “quick fix” when it comes to treating and understanding anxiety. As much as you may want them to, your symptoms aren’t going to go away in a day.
With that being said, seeking out treatment for those symptoms and the way you feel is incredibly important. If you want to take control of your life once again and find some peace, counseling or therapy is often the best solution.
Therapy can help you to manage your suffering and worry. It can also help you to develop a healthier relationship with your own thoughts. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been struggling, your thoughts aren’t set in stone. Therefore, you don’t have to be stuck thinking and feeling this way forever.
Admitting to yourself that you’re struggling with anxiety is the first step toward getting help. A therapist can help you to discover some of the possible underlying causes for your anxiety. From there, it’s easier to put together an effective treatment plan.
Understand Your Anxiety With Help From A Specialist
If you’ve been struggling with some of the symptoms listed here, or you find your worries starting to cripple your life, you could have anxiety.
By getting professional help, you can get better at understanding your anxiety and learn to manage those symptoms on a daily basis. When you’re able to do that, the condition becomes less powerful, and you get to be in control once again.
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