Anxiety or an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety versus an anxiety disorder

Almost everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, it’s a natural human emotion that has helped us to survive. It alerts us that we may be under threat. However, many things in the modern world can make us feel like we are under threat (provoke anxiety) when we are really not under threat. (Provoke means to give rise to an emotion, btw.) For some people, that feeling of threat can become constant and it can interfere with their daily functioning. In such cases, regular anxiety may have developed into an anxiety disorder.

To tell if someone has an anxiety disorder, a mental health professional will assess the level of anxiety based on the following:

-how severe the anxiety can get, 

-how long it lasts, and 

-how it affects the person’s ability to function in relationships, at work or school and with basic hygiene and daily activities. 

If you feel you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, or if you just feel like you would like help with the anxiety you are feeling, you may wish to seek the help of a qualified mental health professional who can both diagnose the severity of your anxiety and help you to manage it. If you are unsure but are having difficulty with fear and worry in any of the following areas, please seek help:

-trouble with friends and family

-trouble concentrating at school or work

-trouble managing your feelings

-trouble taking basic care of yourself (getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well, and having basic hygiene concerns).

-trouble with any of the above for a period of at least two weeks.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that a link exists between people who were bullied as children and Anxiety Disorders when adults? Yep. Victims of bullies were shown to be four times more likely to have an Anxiety Disorder as adults than kids who had not been bullied. If you have been bullied, make sure you receive help so it doesn’t continue to affect you. (Source: The Week, March 15, 2013. P. 20.)

What other things indicate a “red flag”?

One other “red flag” are the panic attacks mentioned in the first sub-post. Panic attacks are a sudden overwhelming sense of fear that causes sweating, heart palpitations, difficulties in breathing and trembling. People who are having panic attacks often think they are having a heart attack. If you are experiencing panic attacks, treatment is a good idea as they are highly treatable and the quicker you deal with them, the less likely that they develop into a disorder.

Another red flag are phobias that keep you from leading your life freely. Most people dislike spiders, but if you can’t go camping with your friends because you are worried a spider might enter your tent, that’s a red flag. If you worry constantly that you left the shower on and frequently miss the bus because you keep having to go back and check, or if you fear going in elevators so much that you won’t apply for any jobs in skyscrapers, anxiety is then having a significant impact on the quality of your life and you would be wise to address it (kick it to the curb really!!).

Just remember, like making your favorite chili, a little hot sauce (stress) gives it that edge. Too much hot sauce (anxiety) and your mouth is on fire and the meal (your everyday life) is ruined.

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  • WLKHS1303
    Posted at 13:05h, 11 October Reply

    a little hot sauce

  • WLKHS1315
    Posted at 13:00h, 11 October Reply

    I typically have a health mix of hot sauce. I get stressed quite often but get anxious sometimes too. Its not that bad, I can handle both of them.

  • wlkhs1131
    Posted at 13:00h, 11 October Reply

    I do not have too much “hot sauce” in my daily life. However, I will go out of my way to avoid spiders. I do not think this is irrational, though, because there is nothing wrong with disliking spiders. I am able to live without coming into contact with them. For example, if there was a spider outside my front door and I had to go inside, I would simply go to the back door. While it may prevent me from using a certain door to get in my house, I am able to come up with solutions to problems it may cause.

  • WLKHS1312
    Posted at 12:58h, 11 October Reply

    Not much, everyday I follow my routine and don’t really cause any trouble or start drama or anything like that. However, on a rare occasion I will end up having to deal with drama

  • wlkhs1318
    Posted at 12:56h, 11 October Reply

    I can say their is a lot of hot sauce in my day. I have anxiety most of the day maybe 8 hours during a day and its reaklly unhealthy. I have about 8 hours a day of hot sauce.

  • WLKHS1313
    Posted at 13:06h, 08 October Reply

    a lot of hot sauce because i always feel like everyone around me are saying stuff and talking about me when i’m not there. and i always feel a lot of emotions. when in frustrated or disappointed i don’t know how to handle myself.

  • WLKHS1308
    Posted at 13:04h, 08 October Reply

    I do not think I have much anxiety in my life but however I believe I have more stress. Stress is mostly in my daily life when I am in school because nothing really triggers my stress besides school.

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