Anxiety can be a normal "alarm system" alerting you to danger. Imagine coming home and finding a burglar in your home.
Your heart beats faster. Your palms get sweaty. Your mind races.
In a situation like this, anxiety can be helpful. It can add an extra boost to help you get out of danger.
Under more normal but busy times, it can give you energy to help you get things done. But sometimes anxiety may get out of control, giving you an overwhelming sense of dread and fear for no apparent reason.
This kind of anxiety can disrupt your life.
Are there different types of anxiety?
Yes. Anxiety can be a general feeling of worry, an attack of feeling panicky,
a fear of a certain situation or a response to a traumatic experience.
What is generalized anxiety?
Generalized anxiety disorder is ongoing worry or fear that isn’t related to a particular event or situation, or is way out of proportion to what you would expect - for instance, constantly worrying about the health of a child who is perfectly healthy. Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include muscle tension, trembling, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, irritability, loss of sleep and not being able to concentrate.
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