What is Anxiety

Anxiety is a state of apprehension or fear resulting from the anticipation of a real or perceived threat, event or situation.  Anxiety is normal.  Everyone will experience anxiety at some time in their life.  For example sitting an exam or going for a driving test, financial problems, losing your job, or moving house.   Anxiety is there to help us not harm us.   Unfortunately for some people they may develop an anxiety disorder accompanied with distressing symptoms.  Often we cannot believe that the feelings we have could just be anxiety.  The fear of losing complete control feels very real and very frightening.

Anxiety affects us:-  

  • Physically       –   Symptoms
  • Emotionally   –  Fear
  • Cognitive        –  The way we think
  • Behave            –  Avoidance Behaviour

When does anxiety become a problem?  When we become exhausted physically, emotionally, or mentally it can lead to anxiety.  When depleted in any one or more of those areas the body and mind become sensitized and can be susceptible to an anxiety disorder.  Also when anxiety begins to interfere with our daily life and we start to avoid things it adds to the problem.  We can start to feel that everyday situations are threatening.

All anxiety disorders centre round the fear of something.  Sufferers are not mad, or different from anyone else, they just get frightened at the wrong times and in the wrong places.

When we are anxious the body is tense which alerts the Nervous System that something is wrong.  Adrenaline is rushed into our bloodstream to enable us to run away or fight. This happens whether the danger is real, or even if we believe the danger is there, when actually there is none. It is the body’s alarm and survival mechanism. Primitive man would not have survived for long without this life saving response. It works so well, that it often kicks in when it is not needed; when the danger is in our minds rather than in reality. We think we are in danger, so that is enough to trigger the system to go.


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2 Responses to “What is Anxiety”

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  2. Hi

    Wondering if anyone has or is going through the same….. I was on Citapram for 3 years until this January. Coming off them wasn’t as bad as I thought. The worst thing was the shakes, near uncontrollable but I didn’t get anxiety.

    However….. the last 3 days I have been feeling very nervous and , y stomachs been dicky like before I went on them. I feel liklike I am in a position to fight and change this without medication. I have a good life good family good job and friends whereas 3 years ago I genuinly was in a bad spot which I think lead to the severity of me requiring drugs to help.

    My anxiety is social mixed with travel. Long journeys new locations or public events trigger off anxious behaviour. I can get snappy, headaches and stomach ache. The stomach ache being the most debilitating one of all.

    Anyone out there has any tips or tricks I would really appreciate hearing from you.

    Kindest Regards

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