What is Anxiety?

Ben C. Green MEd, CTACC, CSRP

What Is Anxiety?

Do you feel anxious before a dental visit or starting something new? Have you gotten the jitters before speaking in front of a large group or sweaty palms when thinking about the future?

These are common reactions when faced with something that's scary or unfamiliar and it doesn't necessarily mean that anything is wrong.

However, some people suffer from a more severe form of anxiety that causes more serious physical symptoms.

To better understand if your anxious feelings could be a sign of an anxiety or panic disorder, let's take a look at some of the symptoms:

1. If you feel your heart is racing and you can't breathe correctly, this can be a symptom of anxiety that is severe enough for you to get professional help.

2. Some people have uncontrollable fears of things like crowded places, driving, or

germs that cause complete avoidance of places or situations.

3. The consistent inability to concentrate can be a symptom of anxiety. This must be

consistent behavior, and not just on those occasions when you lack sleep or are

hungry, for instance.

4. Nervous behaviors, such as walking around the same area over and over again or

twitching your fingers or toes repetitively, can be a symptom.

5. A feeling a doom or that something will happen to you, such as an accident, heart

attack, or even death, can be symptoms of an anxiety disorder or panic disorder.

6. Numbness in your hands, fingers, toes, and legs or feeling like you can't stand are

also, common symptoms.

7. If you find you have trouble swallowing or unusual dry mouth episodes, these may

be indications of anxiety.

8. Fear of people around you and the desire to be alone are feelings that many

anxiety sufferers face.

9. The inability to leave your home can be a symptom of a severe anxiety or panic


10. If your normal activities become overwhelming to you, you could be suffering

from anxiety or a panic disorder.

The good news is these symptoms and conditions are no longer thought of as being

something people shouldn't reveal or talk about.

There's help for you if you suffer from anxiety. Many mental health clinics and hospitals

offer affordable help if you're on a lower or fixed income. Your health insurance may help

you get treatment, and they cannot reveal your medical treatment to your employer.

There are alternatives too outside of traditional western medical treatments. 

A certified life coach can help too. We are highly trained and qualified... 

we just approach issues differently. Instead of giving your health over to someone else, 

you work together with your coach and often times you conquer more than your anxiety.

 Relaxation techniques are very effective and can even be done at home or in the workplace.

Understanding your condition can help alleviate the stress and fear these panic

attacks cause and will also help you find a solution to stopping the attacks altogether. Living

life in fear of another panic attack will hold you hostage and prevent you from doing the

things you love.

If you at any time, feel like hurting yourself or feel suicidal please call 911 immediately.

Your health and happiness is of the utmost importance. 


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