At one time or the other in our life, most of us would have certainly gone through the instances when we feel nervous and caught by fear. E.g. in public speaking, the very fact that hundreds of eyes are staring at us, makes us feel nervous and the moment that speech or presentation is over, one feels so relaxed. Such feeling of fear and nervousness triggered by other similar social situations is normal to a human being and even necessary in many cases. E.g. imagine the consequences if you do not react to a mad dog running towards you? The fear is blessing in such cases.
What is Anxiety?
However, the problem arises when the fear is triggered by circumstances which normally shouldn’t have resulted in fear and nervousness i.e. the irrational fear. It is the fear which becomes a hurdle in the way of normal day-to-day life. It is that irrational fear which we call anxiety. E.g. if a student while leaving his home for school, keeps on thinking all the way about the same ‘tense’ class atmosphere where the very feeling of a demanding teacher haunts the student, and he is so obsessed with that feeling that it makes him feel sick, it is something to be worried about. It is not rational when we compare it to the majority of his other fellows. The feeling that he won’t be able to adjust to that environment or come up to his teacher’s expectation or that something would go wrong, is not rational or normal. Such irrational fear is what we call anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety
You might be suffering from anxiety if you notice some common symptoms in you e.g. one of the most common symptom is that the victim feels that everything will end up into the worst possible outcome. This fear becomes a great hurdle in the way of realizing your potentials. It totally breaks your concentration, diminishes your short-term memory and creates difficulties in the way of getting a sound sleep. Not only does it affect your sleep but most of the time you feel extremely depressed and obsessed with that fear.
The symptoms related to mental distress also show their effects on body’s proper functioning. E.g. the victim might always feel out of breath no matter how much he or she tries to relax. The pulse rate always seems to be very fast and you feel as if adrenaline is constantly being released in your body. Such symptoms may further lead to the complete loss of appetite feeling the need of frequent urination, and constant headache. The victim feels as if he has a low blood pressure and he undergoes dizziness in some cases. You may also feel as if some needles are being pierced in some part of the body e.g. in your upper arm.
However, the symptoms can significantly vary from one person to the other. It is not necessary that one develops all the symptoms mentioned above. Some other symptoms may include muscle aches, tremors, stomach upsets and excessive thirst. Women may also undergo painful periods or even the complete absence of periods. Loss of sexual drive is another symptom.
If you have a feeling that you are suffering from anxiety and it is hampering your normal day-to-day life, you need to consult a doctor as soon as possible. It would be better if you put a halt to it in early stages. A Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be very helpful in getting rid of anxiety. It helps relieve the stress arising due to anxiety.