The word ‘anxious’ is used a lot. It’s a word people use without really thinking about it, a word that they use to mean they are a little worried about something. However, those who suffer from anxiety know that the real meaning of the word “anxious” runs much deeper than being a little bit concerned.
Normal Levels of Anxiety
Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but as mentioned above, this is usually a short-lived issue, and it doesn’t cause any particular stresses or problems apart from giving people a feeling of nervousness about something they have to do or some situation they are in.
This kind of ‘normal’ anxiety is perfectly natural. It is the body’s response to a difficult situation. When there is danger around, the stellate ganglion bundle of nerves, located in the neck, sends messages to the amygdala in the brain, which tells it that there is a problem that needs to be run away from or fought.
It’s something scary and something that means you harm. In this respect, anxiety has its place; it can help to protect us and keep us alert to danger around us.
The problems start when this anxiety becomes much deeper and doesn’t go away once the danger has passed. If this is the case, and this is how you feel, then you may have an anxiety disorder; this needs to be diagnosed by a professional as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Anxiety
How can you tell whether you are feeling a normal amount of anxiousness or whether you have some anxiety disorder? There are many different signs and symptoms to look out for, and this can make diagnosing it a little more difficult, but a good doctor with experience in mental health issues will be able to determine the severity.
The key is to make an appointment to see your doctor if you are concerned, so it is important to know and understand the symptoms of anxiety. If you feel you are suffering from some or all the symptoms, then you should seek help right away.
Although there are various symptoms for anxiety, here are some of the most common:
· A feeling of fear or deep anxiety that never goes away
· Irrational fears
· Pins and needles
· Aching or tense muscles
· Fear of public spaces and crowds
· Panic attacks
· Rapid heartbeat
· Anger issues
What is an anxiety attack?
It is one thing to feel anxious and another to have an anxiety attack. So, what’s the difference? A panic attack is an episode of intense anxiety that causes physical symptoms that may include hyperventilation, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, numbness or tingling, shaking, dizziness, and chills or hot flashes.
A panic attack is typically caused by irrational fear while in social situations or a specific phobia. Panic disorder is mental illness that causes panic attacks due to an intense feeling of terror, even where there is no danger.
Anxiety is not something that will go away on its own, and specialist treatment is going to be needed to enable the sufferer to live their lives normally again. Luckily, there are several different treatments, so no matter what your symptoms or the reasons you are triggered – or even what type of anxiety disorder you have – you should be able to find some relief. Therefore, it is so important to speak to someone who understands what the next steps will be, even if it is a difficult thing to do.
Treatments for anxiety include:
- Stellate ganglion block (SGB)