Today, given that everyone uses the internet, people frequently throw around various words like depression and anxiety, cancer, mental disorder, brain dead, without actually knowing what these words mean. Some people know what they mean, but they don’t often spend their time throwing them around aimlessly. When faced with a mental disorder or anxiety, people turn around and start paying more attention to what they are saying and typing. Anxiety, for example, is a topic worth looking into.
What is Anxiety – How Bad Can it Get?
Anxiety is your body’s response to fear and something unknown. You get apprehensive, afraid, sometimes paralyzed when you are faced with something which stresses you out, for example, driving a car in a busy city, as opposed to driving in the mountains, or somewhere with less traffic. But, if these feelings last for a long time, let’s say, more than six months, or if they are severe, then it is called an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of emotional disorders and they can be a bit bothersome or particularly crippling, for example, you cannot cross a busy road or even ride the bus. Anxiety also plays a huge part in other disorders like PTSD, hypochondria, or rather, illness anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, OCD, phobias, and more.
How Many People Have Anxiety? Are They All Hidden?
Hiding behind a veil of living a normal life is what most people do when they have a disorder. Those who openly talk about it are most likely to deal with it, because they are not ashamed, nor scared to face their issues, which could be a big setback for most people.
Anxiety can be treated, mostly with changes to your lifestyle, rather than resorting to medications. For extreme cases, medication can help to deal with the symptoms, making your daily life somewhat manageable. But in reality, unless caused by your brain’s physiology in which case medication is almost necessary, most anxiety disorders can be treated with a change of lifestyle. That translates to sleeping more, or rather, consistently. Physical fitness is also a key part, meaning frequent exercise. That can help with plenty of things, but mainly, boosting confidence and regulating your metabolism, blood pressure and circulation. A diverse nutrition plan is recommended, as well as meditation and avoiding certain unhealthy substances like tobacco, alcohol and especially drugs. Caffeine can also impact anxiety disorders negatively.
How to Approach Anxiety?
Anxiety should be approached like any other potential illness or disorder, by talking to a medical professional. Some people might be shy about such things, but if anybody knows how to deal with them, it would be a dedicated medical professional. A bit of empathy goes a long way, which is what most people need. Some need medication and professional assistance, which is why talking to a medical professional is the first step one should take on their road to recovery, if they even think they have an anxiety disorder.
Talk to your doctor, take steps to make your life better, every single day.