In today’s busy and high-pressure society, it’s virtually impossible to not feel anxious at some point in life. But occasional worry or feeling anxious isn’t the same as suffering from anxiety. Here are seven facts about anxiety:
1.Variations of anxiety include social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
2.Anxiety affects a sufferer mentally as well as physically. Some of the physical symptoms, during a panic attack, include shortness of breath, nausea, headache, dizzy spells, shaking, rapid heartbeat, and more.
3.Biological factors are still being studied which are contributing to anxiety, but brain scans of people suffering with different anxiety disorders have often shown up to be chemical imbalances within it.
4.Statistically, women are more likely afflicted by anxiety disorders than men.
5.Those who suffer from anxiety are at risk of suffering from depression at the same time.
6.Although anxiety disorders can be activated by extended environmental stress or traumatic life events, anyone can be afflicted with this form of mental illness.
7.Anxiety are often managed and treated effectively. A range of treatment options exist in treating anxiety disorders that have proven effective,including:
- Talk therapy (psychotherapy)
- Coping strategies
- Alternative therapies like yoga, meditation and acupuncture