I remember the first day I was asked out on a date. I was so excited about it and ensured that all my friends were informed that I wouldn’t be available for the evening. However, about an hour to the date, anxiety kicked in. I suddenly realized that I had no idea what to wear or anything about dates. I began to panic. “Should I cancel the date?” Was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind. However, I wouldn’t let this guy down and I really liked him.
It was then that I thought of a better option call up some of my girlfriends that I believed were superstars when it came to dating. They were of much help and the date went great.
Anxiety is part of human life. Everyone has had their bout with anxiety at some time in their life. However, to many, this condition is still a mystery. That’s why I’ve compiled this Q and A to help answer some of your questions.
Anxiety is a condition where the patient suddenly feels tense, frightened and fearful. It can last for a couple of minutes or hours. There are instances of chronic anxiety where symptoms last for days.
What causes anxiety?
There isn’t a single cause for anxiety. There are several causes some of which are known to the patient and some which are unknown.
How does it occur?
Anxiety occurs in stages where the trigger (known or unknown) causes release of adrenaline from the brain. This chemical is responsible for the development of the different anxiety symptoms in the body.
What are the symptoms?
There are a number of symptoms associated with anxiety. They include the following.
Hyperventilation is one of the first symptoms that result when adrenaline is released into the bloodstream. It’s characterized by constriction of the blood vessels. This results in the heart and lungs working harder in a bid to supply oxygen to the different organs. The hyperventilation can result in anxiety chest pain which is concentrated around the chest cavity.
Another symptom is difficulty concentrating. During an anxiety attack, the person feels distressed and confused. Lack of concentration is especially prominent when the anxiety trigger isn’t known.
Rise in body temperature is another symptom associated with anxiety attacks. This is one of the effects of adrenaline.
Another common symptom is insomnia.
Are there different forms of anxiety?
Anxiety takes different forms depending on the trigger. Some of the examples include the following.
General anxiety disorder is a form of anxiety found in most adults experiencing everyday stressors.
Social anxiety affects persons who feel nervous in social situations.
Relationship anxiety affects a person in a relationship and isn’t sure about the future of that relationship.
Panic disorder is a form of anxiety where the patient suddenly has a panic attack with no apparent reason.
Are there ways to treat anxiety?
Anxiety can be treated through a number of ways including counseling, supplements for anxiety, stress management, regular exercise, facing the anxiety trigger and home anxiety remedies.