Anxiety is something most everyone experiences at some point in their life. However, when a person’s anxiety interferes with their day-to-day functioning, the person needs to seek professional help. Anxiety is more than just fear or angst; it involves one’s whole being and exacerbates over time if it is not treated. Anxiety may involve physiological reactions such as a tightening of the chest, muscle tension, and sweating. Anxiety impacts one’s behavior such as avoiding certain places or things, having an inability to express oneself, or not being able to act in certain situations.
Psychologically, anxiety is a state of apprehension and uneasiness that can lead to thoughts of dying or going crazy to feelings of being out of control. Anxiety can appear in different forms and at different levels of intensity. There are many different anxiety disorders, and more information about them can be found at:
- Anxiety (NC State University)
- Anxiety Disorders (National Institute of Mental Health)
- Anxiety Disorders (Psych Central)
If you feel you are suffering from anxiety, seek help from a trained mental health professional. Most people do not overcome an anxiety disorder on their own, and seeking treatment is the first step to getting better. A combination of therapy and medication may be needed, so it is important to be evaluated by an appropriate professional, such as a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist.