Anxiety is a term generally used for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying.
These disorders affect how we react and feel, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is quite unclear and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be making someone very weak and infirm, having a serious impact on daily life.
People often experience a general state of worry or fear before tackling something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or other important functions. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.
Anxiety disorders can be divided into several more specific types. But the most common is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a chronic anxiety disorder characterized by excessive, long-lasting anxiety and unnecessary worry about non-specific life events, objects, and situations.
GAD sufferers generally feel afraid and worry about health, money, family, work, or school, but they have trouble both identifying the specific fear and controlling the worries. Their fear is usually unrealistic and out of proportion with what may be expected in their situation. Sufferers expect failures and disaster to the point that it interferes with their daily functions like work, school, social activities, and relationships.
Causes Of Anxiety
Stress from work
Trauma from events such as abuse, victimization, or the death of a loved one
Stressful personal relationship, marriage, friendship, and divorce
Stress from school
Lack of oxygen in high altitude areas
Stress about finances and money
Stress from a natural disaster
Anxiety due to medical factors
Anxiety is also associated with medical factors such as anemia, asthma, infections, and several heart conditions like:
Stress from a serious medical illness
Side effects of medication
Due to long term Symptoms of a medical illness
Due to Lack of oxygen from emphysema, or pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung)