At What Stage Anxiety Becomes A Disorder? Top 5 Signs

Anxiety

WHEN ANXIETY TURNS INTO A DISEASE

It’s very normal to be worried.

We experience anxiety when confronted with an issue or a scenario.

When we are attempting to meet an impossible deadline, we are prone to worry. During final exams, we cram.

Anxiety, like other emotions like fear, anger, sadness, or happiness, is a natural response that helps a person manage and deal with their current condition. It’s quite prevalent, and it has a big impact on a person’s ability to adapt and live.

Anxiety becomes a condition when it gets out of control and leads to an unreasonable fear or worry about daily tasks.

As stated below, there are numerous forms of emotional and psychological issues:

The inflated perception of a situation that prompts unreasonable concern or unneeded worry that becomes disturbingly habitual is characterized by Generalized Anxiety Disorder. A mother who over-anticipates the family’s financial and health issues may become a nervous mess.

Alternatively, an employee who is really concerned about problems at work.

Panic Disorder is characterized by a sudden attack of dread accompanied by perspiration, weakness, fainting, or dizziness. A panic episode causes a sense of imminent tragedy and lack of control in the sufferer.

Panic attacks can happen at any time, even when you’re sleeping. It normally lasts 10 minutes, but it might take up to an hour for a person to return to reality in extreme situations.

Panic disorder does not affect everyone who has panic episodes.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), often known as social phobia, is a disorder in which people become excessively self-conscious in normal social interactions, resulting in severe anxiety. There is an irrational fear of being observed and judged by others, as well as of doing something that would make them look bad.

It becomes chronic and persistent, lasting days or weeks before a feared situation occurs. This dread can become so intense that it interferes with work, school, and other daily activities, as well as making and maintaining friendships.

“Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), often known as social phobia, is defined by an excessive dread of being scrutinized and adversely assessed by others in social or performance situations,” according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

In seemingly non-threatening situations, such as ordering food in a restaurant, signing one’s name in public, or making a phone call, some persons with SAD feel’sick with worry.’

People with SAD feel powerless in the face of their dread, even though they realize that their fear is excessive and unreasonable. They are afraid that they will do something embarrassing or humiliating.

Anxiety can have a substantial impact on daily routines, work performance, and social life. It makes it more difficult to finish school, interview for jobs, and form and maintain friendships and sexual relationships.”

A person’s Social Anxiety Disorder may be visible just during a specific social activity, such as making a phone call, chatting to clients, or giving a speech, but the person may be completely at ease during other social activities. SAD is selective in these situations.

An anxiety attack in a variety of ordinary activities where one’s actions or conduct may be inspected, such as business meetings, class activities, chatting to strangers, or attending parties, is a more broad version of SAD.

Phobia is an irrational and irrational fear of anything that poses little or no real harm or danger. The most prevalent specific phobias include a fear of heights, enclosed spaces, water, flying, dogs, snakes, and blood injuries.

This isn’t just excessive dread; it’s unreasonable fear of a certain object. Most adult patients recognize that their worries are unfounded, yet they discover that confronting the feared object or circumstance triggers a panic episode.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by troubling thoughts (obsessions) and the repetition of rituals (compulsions). Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by persistent, distressing thoughts (obsessions) and the utilization of routines (compulsions) to manage the anxiety that these thoughts cause.

Most of the time, they are controlled by the rituals.

Normal healthy people have rituals as well, such as checking multiple times before leaving the house to see if the stove is turned off. The main difference is that persons with OCD tend to overdo their rituals to the point where they interfere with their daily lives and make the routine painful.

Some people would know that what they are doing is absurd, but the majority of people, particularly children, may be unaware that their actions are unusual.

When a terrible incident occurs that involves physical harm or the prospect of physical harm, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. The person with PTSD or a loved one may have been harmed, or the person may have witnessed a horrific scenario involving loved ones or strangers.

Mugging, rape, torture, being abducted or held captive, child abuse, vehicle accidents, train wrecks, airline catastrophes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes were the first to bring PTSD to the public’s attention.

Anxiety Disorders Treatment

Medications, specialized types of psychotherapy, or both are used to treat anxiety disorders. Treatment is determined on the severity of the case as well as the individual’s preferences.

Before beginning treatment, make sure you visit a doctor to determine the source of your anxiety issue.

Alcoholism, depression, and other coexisting diseases can often have such a severe impact on a person that treating the anxiety disorder must be postponed until the coexisting conditions are under control.

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Hi, I'm Laura and welcome to my blog.

I've been interested in the human mind since I was a child and that's the reason why I became a psychologist. I thought I had everything figured out, but it turned out I was suffering from anxiety for at least ten years without even noticing it. With the help of what I already knew, and some of my friends/colleagues, I compiled a list of articles that helped me go through my anxiety and get to the other side of the tunnel.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find something to help you along the way.

Laura

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