Close your eyes and count to ten. Open your eyes again. Now, close your eyes, hold your breath and count to thirty. Do you feel anxious when you do that? Don’t you feel like your life is being taken away slowly? Aren’t you involuntarily getting worried? Imagine if you felt like that every single day of your life. Yes, anxiety.
So many people do not actually have anything to be worried about, yet they remain anxious. They make a conscious effort to avoid everything when they need to avoid nothing at all. They find themselves confused and utterly mesmerized by things that should not be new to them. So, they choose the way of forgetting things.
Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.
Some people have crazy anxiety. Before they know it, they’re in the hospital and the doctors say, “It sounds like anxiety” but physically they’re feeling off balance and weird. It shows up and hits you with a panic attack and hits you with this immense sense of fear because if it didn’t do that, you’ll just be living your life like everything’s great, everything’s good, all the time.
To some people, anxiety feels as if everyone in the world is waiting for them to trip up, so that they can be laughed at. It makes them feel nervous and unsure whether the next step they take is the best way forward. Going out of the house is a challenge because they have a fear of panicking and feel that they’re being watched or judged.
Anxiety can become a mental health problem if it impacts on your ability to live your life as fully as you want to. For example, it may be a problem for you if:
• your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time
• your fears or worries are out of proportion to the situation
• you regularly experience symptoms of anxiety, which could include panic attacks
• you find it hard to go about your everyday life or do things you enjoy.
It’s a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety. Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States.
However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings.