Anxiety is one of the leading psychiatric disorder in the world.
The signs of anxiety are not life-threatening but can disturb normal daily life style and minimize mental peace to the victim.
For some, the anxiety disorder can lead to the development of other health disorders like high blood pressure, cardiac- palpitations, depression, dizziness, headaches, etc. So dealing with anxiety in early stages is important to avoid further complications.
Signs of anxiety:
The general signs include nervousness, increased heart rate, and pulse, sweating, flushing, trembling, improper breath, etc.
Further signs of anxiety differ based on the type of anxiety disorder.
As per The National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are broadly classified into five types.
Types of anxiety disorders & their peculiar signs of anxiety.
The 5 types of anxiety disorders include
1 Generalized Anxiety Disorder, (GAD) ; Here the person feels extremely anxious about every day situations than that is necessary. They tend to be restless, irritable, unable to sleep (insomnia), easily fatigued etc.
2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, (OCD) ; This type of anxiety disorder in person makes him look amusing to others due to his tendency for recurrent or repetitive behaviors. The person has both obsessive and also compulsive tendencies.
Fear of germs, fear of losing articles or valuables, worry about untoward harm, etc.
Repeated cleaning and washing of hands or body parts, repeated checking, counting, keeping unnecessary objects, etc.
Performing these repeated actions provide them temporary relief and not doing so makes their anxiety even worse.
3. Panic disorder; It is characterized by recurrent sudden attacks of terror, with symptoms like pounding of heart, sweating, weakness, dizziness etc. These attacks are spontaneous and during the attack the person may feel, flushes, chill or even numb.
4. Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia ; It is a anxiety disorder where in the person is overwhelmingly anxious in social life. He is overly self-conscious to speak, eat or drink before others in social situations or gatherings.
Due to this, they try to avoid social situations like gatherings, speaking on the stage etc.
5. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This anxiety disorder is acquired by the persons who have faced life threatening dangers, injuries or events. They feel excessively nervous even in non-dangerous situations.
How to deal with these signs of anxiety?
Anxiety symptoms disturb normal daily activities if not treated or controlled properly. To stop anxiety, one may require both medication and psychotherapy for faster and effective recovery from the disorder.
Medication therapy aims to calm your mind by sedative drugs while psychotherapy help you understand and gain control over your anxiety related behavior. But both of these techniques require help of an expert in the field and in severe cases their help is inevitable.
But if these signs of anxiety are less severe and are in initial stages, then you may try self applicable techniques like yoga, mediation, breathing techniques. These techniques yield you results after some initial practice but are worth a try. They prevent further progression of signs of anxiety and also help you overcome the mood or thoughts which make you prone to anxiety.