What is anxiety?
Excessive anxiety can result in a mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. Symptoms result due to a perceived threat or stressor and the disproportionate emotional response of the individual within the context to the identifiable stressor or event. It involves the individuals excessive worry and their inability to control their worry, therefore resulting in a range of emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological anxiety symptoms.
Did you know that anxiety is actually a normal and healthy human emotion experienced by everyone at some stage in their life?
Prolonged symptoms of anxiety are often classified as one of the below:
> Generalised anxiety
> Social anxiety
> Phobias and fears
> Stress and burnout
> Health anxiety
> Panic attacks
> Obsessions and compulsions
> Post-traumatic stress
> Separation anxiety (in children)
Perhaps you have started to experience, or a loved one has displayed the following symptoms:
> Lack of tolerance
> Uncontrollable worry
> Unhelpful and ruminating thoughts
> Excessive fear
> Assuming the worst
> Mindreading what other may be thinking of you
> Jumping to conclusions