It’s not uncommon to feel anxious from time to time. Everyone gets anxious about some things: maybe you’ve got a big trip coming up, or you’re meeting with your boss and not sure what the subject of conversation will be. However, if you feel anxious more often than you don’t, and feel like your worrying never stops, you could have an anxiety disorder.
Stress vs Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are interrelated, but they’re different enough that they merit description. Stress from factors like financial woes, medical issues and workplace pressures can cause anxiety. General anxiety disorders can stem from overly stressed life scenarios, but sometimes people who are badly stressed out can feel normal again if the source of their stress is dealt with.
For instance, someone could be experience bad panic attacks and anxiety due to a particularly toxic work environment. Leaving such an environment behind could completely eliminate the anxiety and panic attacks. In other cases, however, the anxiety remains. That’s when you need to see a medical professional.
Diagnosing Anxiety Disorders
General anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, panic disorder and specific phobias are all closely related issues. If you feel like you’re constantly worried and find it very difficult to calm down in order to enjoy things, you could be suffering from one of these disorders.
Remember: it’s not normal to feel anxious and stressed out all the time. You should be able to calm down, relax and enjoy your life. Feeling constant stress, even without a triggering stress event, means that you need to seek out help.
The most common form of treatment for anxiety is to undergo therapy. Therapists can help patients work through the causes and symptoms of their anxiety using a variety of therapeutic methods. Commonly, therapists can prescribe anti-anxiety medication that can be useful in extreme panic cases.
There’s no reason to live with overwhelming anxiety. No matter your age, background or employment status, you deserve to be happy and free from constant stress. Don’t hesitate to see your doctor if you feel as though you may have an anxiety disorder. The sooner you look for help, the sooner you can feel like yourself again.