What is an anxiety disorder?
Occasional feelings of anxiousness are normal during stressful times. For people with anxiety disorders, however, this worry or fear doesn’t go away and symptoms intensify and interfere with your daily life. Not all anxiety disorders are the same. In fact, there are a few different types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobia-related disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Read on for the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Your worrying is no longer “helpful” at all
A certain amount of worry helps people get through their day—after all, it’s that little bit of pressure you feel that motivates you to complete tasks and to keep your life in order. However, too much worry could be one of the symptoms of anxiety disorder, the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the NIMH. “Worrying enough to heighten your awareness that you have a test and that it requires studying, that’s good, and that’s adaptive,” says Aaron Fisher, PhD, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. “If, though, your worry is so great that it blows right past preparation and actually freezes you in your tracks and you don’t study because you’re so worried that you feel frozen or stuck, that’s problematic.” Think about whether your anxiety is helping or hurting you. If it’s doing more harm than good, it might be a sign that you could be living a better life without as much of it. Consider trying these trusted home remedies for natural anxiety relief.