It is normal to feel anxious at times: when you’re about to perform on stage, or when you’re waiting for an interview. People experience anxiety when they’re faced with something unsure in their life. However, when the anxiety is constantly happening every day, that it disturbs your daily lives and your ability to think straight that you have difficulties carrying on with your life, you might want to recheck again whether or not you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Due to its common characteristics, anxiety disorder is often mistaken as common anxiety. When you’re feeling anxious about something, once the event you were anxious for is finished, the feeling will be gone. However, if you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, you might have symptoms like:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Sleep problems
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Tense muscles
And you’re constantly experiencing them, not just one time event.
There are 4 different types of Anxiety Disorder:
You might be suffering from this kind of disorder when you feel terror striking you randomly. You also experience panic attacks and when you do, you’re sweating, having chest pain, and feeling strong and irregular heartbeats, even sometimes you might be feeling choked, or having heart attack.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is also commonly known as social phobia. You might suffer from this disorder when you are feeling signs like overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You are also obsessed with feelings like other people are judging you, or on being shamed or ridiculed.
This type of anxiety disorder is most common. Phobia is when you are scared of something and the fear is far from appropriate that you cannot function normally when the cause is there.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This is when you feel excessive worry that is unrealistic with little or no reason.
If you feel like you’re showing some or more of the symptoms above, you might want to contact your doctor. They will run some tests to find out whether it is caused by medical/psychological reasons. If it is indeed caused by psychological reasons, usually they will suggest medications such as escitalopram (Lexapro) and fluoxetine (Prozac) and/or psychotherapy.
And if you are proven to have this anxiety disorder, here are some tips on how to ease your symptoms:
- You might want to avoid food and beverage that have caffeine such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drink, and chocolate. Caffeine affects your adrenaline hormone, which is mood-altering and might worsen the symptoms.
- Exercise, eat better, and watch your sleep. Choose cardio exercises such as aerobics, jogging, and biking, which help reduce stress and lighten your mood.
- Make sure to have enough rest and a good night sleep. You might want to consult your doctor if you have trouble sleeping.
- Be careful in taking medicine. Always consult your pharmacist or doctor before taking medicines and herbal remedies, because most medicine may contain chemical that can worsen the symptoms.
- Last but not least, try managing your mind and avoid things that might make you worry more. Remember that you’re the only one who can control your body and mind, so cherish yourself and try your best to be positive.