Sometimes anxiety can be productive. In our efforts to cope with a stressful situation, we unknowingly force ourselves to focus and perform well. It allows us to be in action. It helps us study fervently prior to the examination. We acknowledge the symptoms, yet we deal with the situation head on. The symptoms may make us feel uncomfortable yet we are able to maintain composure and act normal.
This is not the case for people who are suffering from anxiety disorder. In an anxiety disorder, there is excessive and irrational fear that affects the normal way people act. This condition hampers the daily normal life of a person. They tend to feel helpless and cannot control the way it affects them. Anxiety disorders may last for 10-15 minutes or even a week and may potentially harm the person. The most prone persons of this medical condition are alcoholic and drug users.
Anxiety disorders have five different classifications. First is the General Anxiety Disorder in which the person worries excessively about almost anything that happens to his day to day activities. Some worry a lot about potential risk on almost anything, expecting something worst may come anytime. The reported system associated with GAD is trembling, headaches, nausea, breathing difficulty, muscle pains and cramps, very exhausted, poor concentration, insomnia, and too much sweating.
The second classification is the Obsessive-Compulsive Anxiety Disorder. A person with this disorder feels that he is not satisfied with the task completed and therefore tries to go over the same task again and again and again. They feel that if they do not ensure that the each is done perfectly, something wrong or bad might happen.
Third is the Panic Anxiety Disorder which makes the person feel extremely scared over something that is unknown. The symptoms are similar to the General Anxiety Disorder. The only difference between the two is that the attack strikes without warning at any time, any place, and at any situations.
Fourth is the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is a result of a traumatic experience. People who were survivors in wars, accidents, rape, harassment and other forms of violence are the ones who are prone to this type of anxiety disorder. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, sudden flare of anger, lack of emotion, depression, and insomnia.
Fifth are Phobias. People with phobias are scared over a particular thing for no logical reason. For instance, a person with agoraphobia or fear in public places will most likely end up constantly locked in his room. Therefore, he will not be able to develop his social skills.
When you feel like you have these symptoms or know somebody to be having this kind of medical condition, it is best that you seek medical attention because it becomes full blown. There are many effective therapies that will help people overcome this problem. So make sure to enjoy life and maximize it, seek medical help when you feel the need to.
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Article Added on Monday, December 21, 2009
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