Anxiety is a prevalent mental health disorder characterized by a constant state of worry or a strong desire to avoid danger. Everyone experiences worrying about various things every now and then, anxiety on a regular basis, on the other hand, could be more of a problem than you realize. Especially with the unexpected turn of events the past year, we cannot deny the impact it has had on our mental health. Social restrictions, prohibitions on operating non-essential companies, and other measures aimed at reducing pandemic-related mortality and morbidity can lead to isolation and underemployment, increasing the risk of mental illness. According to a CDC study, the percentage of persons with anxiety or depression symptoms in the previous 7 days climbed considerably between August 2020 and February 2021 (from 36.4% to 41.5%).
It's not always easy to tell when you've crossed the line from regular anxiety to an anxiety disorder. Recurrent social anxiety, phobias, and panic episodes are the most telling signs that something more serious is going on with anxiety. If your constant worry has taken over your life and you are frequently unable to function as a result of how persistent and intense your worry has become, you may want to seek professional assistance. Start by counting how many signs of an anxiety disorder you've had and then informing your doctor about it.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by constant everyday worry that has lasted for at least six months and is difficult to control. Your quality of life has been harmed, making it tough to concentrate and accomplish daily tasks resulting in fatigue. Chronic worry can have such a negative impact on your daily life that it can influence your appetite, lifestyle choices, relationships, sleep cycle, and work performance. A lot of people who worry persistently may cope in such a way that they turn to unhealthy lifestyle habits like overeating, smoking cigarettes, or abusing alcohol and drugs for relief.
Often, a mental disorder such as anxiety cannot only influence the mind, but also the physical aspect of an individual. Muscle tension can commonly result from restlessness and agitation, leading to chronic pain. Nervousness can induce persistent muscle tension by clenching your jaws or fists and flexing your muscles which may develop into a more serious physical condition if it happens overtime.
It can be exhausting to have an all-or-nothing mindset. Perfectionism exacerbates anxiety by setting high expectations that you may not be able to meet due to your worry. In today’s world, it is easy to compare ourselves to others through the use of social media. Due to this, perfectionists strive towards an unrealistic goal which sets them up for apparent failure from the start. Anxiety, together with other factors such as frustration, exhaustion, and lack of focus might interfere with the completion of tasks to your high standards. Even so, successful accomplishment of tasks is sometimes insufficient to alleviate worry. Self-criticism in perfectionists is relentless, and anxiety lingers as you anticipate the chances you might disappoint.
A certain level of self-doubt may be healthy, it can help you identify what things you might be doing wrong. However, unhealthy self-doubt happens when you have a hard time identifying things you might be doing right. It’s difficult to find motivation when you can’t perceive your own positive traits which then will interfere with your goals, talent, work, and relationships. Excessive self-doubt can become so parasitic that it feeds on your self-esteem and self-worth as it swallows more and more of you.
Panic is a sudden and uncontrollable episode of anxiety, accompanied by alarming physical symptoms that may feel like a heart attack. These symptoms can include breathing problems, dizziness, a pounding or racing heart, chest pains, or stomach pain. Sufferers will strive to avoid circumstances that they fear will trigger panic attacks, but this technique may prove ineffectual over time if new triggers emerge.
Constant feelings of self-consciousness in everyday situations resulting to blushing, difficulty speaking, or trembling might be a sign of a social anxiety disorder. You don’t need to be in a group of people to experience the effect of this disorder, even a one-on-one conversation may be able to produce these symptoms. This feeling of fear and anxiety may lead to avoidance of situations involving other people which can affect your relationships, daily routines, work, school, or other activities.
In general anxiety disorder, the fear is out of proportion to the actual situation and lasts generally six months or longer and causes problems in functioning. A specific phobia is an abnormally strong and persistent terror of a specific object, circumstance, or action that is not inherently dangerous. You may recognize that your phobia is unreasonable and/or excessive, but no matter how hard you try, you cannot get it under control.
Anxiety is an actual issue that may need to be considered if these symptoms continually pop up. By seeking assistance, your anxiety can be treated so that you can move on to a happier, healthier, and more optimistic way of life.
Vahratian A, Blumberg SJ, Terlizzi EP, Schiller JS. Symptoms of Anxiety or Depressive Disorder and Use of Mental Health Care Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, August 2020–February 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:490–494. DOI: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7013e2.htm?s_cid=mm7013e2_w.