Depression, anxiety & panic, these are components of an anxiety disorder. Unfortunately I know that a lot of people deal with some sort of fear these days and… I’m openly going to admit that I’m one of them.
What does it mean?
Everyone feels anxious from time to time. It’s normal. Lots of people feel nervous when they have a problem or challenge in life. Anxiety disorders are very different and they are a serious mental illness. For people who have one, worry and fear are very overwhelming and can be even disabling. With the right treatment, many people can manage those symptoms and get back to a normal and happy life.
The most common anxieties are:
- Panic disorder: People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning.
- Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, this involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations.
- Specific phobias: These are intense fears of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: This is excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there’s little or nothing to provoke that anxiety.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
– Soren Kierkegaard
♦ Separation anxiety ♦
My anxiety is covered by the second type… a social anxiety disorder. I have and i’ve always had a severe problem with being separated from my home, or the people that I have or had a strong emotional attachment with. This comes with a display of fear and distress when I get in a situation that contains separation. This was a big problem when I was a little kid.
Luckily for me, I learned to put things in perspective more. Thank god! I sometimes regret the things that I didn’t do because of it, already. But now I’m grabbing the bull by it’s horns and i’m taking my life in my own hands, instead of letting my fear get the best of me.
If you recognize some of these things and they’re starting to take over your life, I recommend you to see your family doctor as soon as possible. But there is definitely something to do about this with the right counseling.
I’m sorry about this heavy subject, but I had to get it of of my chest. Next post would be more cheerful, I promise!
Do you have any anxiety of some sort?