Everyone feels anxious at times. Life challenges such as a highly demanding schedules, workplace pressure, and even family conflict can cause anxiety.
But sometimes anxiety may get out of control, giving you an overwhelming sense of fear and dread for no apparent reason. This kind of anxiety can disrupt your daily functioning, relationships, social life and family life. Anxiety disorders are quite common. It is estimated that they affect 1 in 10 people. The good news is that they can be diagnosed and treated.
Anxiety does not only consist of physical symptoms. There are many emotional symptoms involved as well. Some of these include feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, anticipating the worst, irritability, and restlessness. One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is fear, which includes the fear of dying. You may fear that the chest pains you are having are a deadly heart attack or that the shooting pains in your head is the result of a tumor or aneurysm. You feel an intense fear when you think of dying, or you may think of it more often than normal and can’t get it out of your mind.