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Let’s Talk Anxiety

Let’s Talk Anxiety



Every now and then we all feel anxious, but that’s okay. It is part of our “normal” human emotions. Sometimes it becomes a problem to the point where it starts to interfere with our daily living and routines. This is when it can be categorized as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder does not have one specific definition. There are several different types of anxiety disorder including panic disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias and generalized anxiety disorder.

People who suffer from panic disorder tend to feel terror at random moments which can cause them to feel sweat, chest pain and heart palpitations. These symptoms can sometimes feel like a person is having a heart attack and difficulty breathing properly. Social anxiety, on the other hand, can cause one to feel extremely self-conscious and overwhelmed about any social situation. Social anxiety is different from Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Individuals who suffer from GAD feel an unrealistic tension and excessive worry most of the time without any reason.

There are many symptoms of anxiety disorder that you may have to look out for. Some of these symptoms are:

  • Heart palpitation
  • Excessive worry
  • Sleep problems
  • Muscle tensions
  • Self-consciousness
  • Panic attack
  • Flashbacks
  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • unrealistic thoughts and worries

As someone who has been diagnosed with GAD for a few years now, I can tell you, it is not a fun ride.  Thanks to therapy and other available resources, I have been able to manage my anxiety disorder. It was not an easy goal to set for myself but it is attainable for anyone diagnosed with any form of mental health disorder if you apply the right strategies, resources, and steps. Remember the first step is to accept your diagnosis.





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