What is anxiety?
It is completely normal to feel anxious (especially at the moment). Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger. The body’s automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure or are facing a challenging situation.
Anxiety can often be more than just a feeling you can also have a range of physical symptoms. If you suffer from anxiety you might experience some of the following:
- Tiredness, palpitations, insomnia, dizziness, tiredness, muscle aches, sweating, headaches, dry mouth, shaking
What is an anxiety disorder?
If your anxiety is constant or overwhelming and your worries and fears interfere with your relationships and daily life you may cross the line into an anxiety disorder.
Many anxiety disorders begin in childhood and adolescence, and the average time a person waits to seek help for their condition (particularly for OCD and chronic worrying or GAD as it is known) is over 10 years (research from AnxietyUK).
If you need help, do ask for help, don’t wait 10 years.