Anxiety is the most widely experienced mental disorder, especially in developed and developing
countries. We often feel anxious in fact globally 1 in 13 has anxiety. But, being common won’t make it
less challenging to experience. Anxiety can disturb your personal life, social life and your work life too
and can weaken you both physically and emotionally. Anxiety can be mild, moderate and severe
depending on the intensity and longevity it affects.
Anxiety, stress and depression are among the widely increasing mental health issues world-wide. Mental
health is very important like a perfect engine to a vehicle, to move smoothly in the right direction.
Unfortunately, it is the most neglected, as unlike physical health, it doesn’t always show it’s emergency.
A study by India State-level disease burden initiative, found that one in every seven persons suffer from
various mental disorders in 2017 after which the growth rate is apparently increasing.

Common symptoms
Your body gives you some physiological cues of you being anxious. When a person is being anxious for a
longer period of time, if can actually be felt. But, we don’t usually give attention to such clues. In fact,
performance anxiety is often felt when we are about to do something and know that our result will be
judged. But some people carry it through a longer time fearing that everything they do will be judged.
Such thoughts could lead to anxiety.
The most common physical problems that people suffering from anxiety face in their daily lives are the
 Restlessness – People with anxiety feel so restless. They can’t think properly and their decision
making gets affected because of the anxiety.
 Body aches – The body aches such as joint pains or muscle cramps is found in the people
suffering from anxiety disorders.
 Chest pain and Palpitations – Rapid heartbeat and pain in the chest area can occur when
someone feels anxious. This happens due to the change in blood flow.
 Dizziness, Poor concentration and Memory – Anxiety can result in head-spinning, leading to
dizziness. It could also result in poor concentration and memory loss.
 Racing Thoughts – Unnecessary worries and thoughts could pre-occupy the mind. Anxiety could
give racing thoughts and negative thinking. This leads to emotional drain.
 Breathlessness – Such tensed state could leave someone in breathless condition. Being anxious
could also bring trembles and over-sweating.
 Stomach Upset – Anxiety could trigger bowel movement. Indigestion problems, gastric and
stomach upset might also occur.

Neglecting the physical symptoms can worsen the condition of the sufferer. Many of them tend to
neglect as it feels tough to cope with the stigma attached to getting treated for a mental health issue.
They think that the self image could make disregard. Because of their high pain tolerance, some people
don’t tend to give attention to the symptoms. But all of this could result in making it severe.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Sometimes anxiety is experienced in a specific way and is identified as a specific anxiety condition. The
most common types of anxiety disorders are:

 Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 Panic Disorder
 Social anxiety
 Specific phobias
 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

All these could be mild, moderate and severe. Though anxiety is caused in a situation where our body
detects a threat, (physical or psychological) there are certain factors which maintain anxiety and keeps it
going. While there could be a traumatic life experience causing anxiety disorder, most of the times it’s a
combination of multiple reasons for experiencing anxiety disorder.
Coping mechanisms
Anxiety becomes a disorder when it starts to affect your daily life activities. It becomes a problem when
you are experiencing it a lot, in situations that should not be really scary or stressful. In such cases, one
should realize the need for help to come out.
Sometimes people worry that they are being anxious and this leads to more anxiety. So, understanding
that anxiety is common and working on lessening the effects is more important. Developing an
understanding about anxiety would help in accepting the feeling, which in-turn would aid in managing
anxiety. The positive coping mechanisms like identifying unhelpful thoughts and working on reducing
them by analyzing the actual conditions, knowing the difference between baseless illusions and real
evidence-based incidents and outcomes, decatastrophizing, writing a thought record and differentiating
between opinions and facts can reduce your anxiety. Improving your problem solving skills and
practicing breathing exercises can help you manage your anxiety levels and minimize its affects.

Negative coping mechanisms of Anxiety could result in severe health issues. Smoking, consumptions of
alcohol, drug abuse etc, are some of such negative coping mechanisms that people get addicted to come
out of anxiety.
Neglecting anxiety and not seeking help could only make it worse. Consulting a psychologist could help
you manage your anxiety levels and keep up your health. Wellness Hub has a team of such experienced
psychologists, who are ready to help you, either online or offline.

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