Anxiety disorders - About
What are anxiety disorders?
We all experience occasional feelings of anxiety, worry and fear. These can be normal responses to certain situations. For example, you might worry about an upcoming interview for a job, or that you are able to pay a bill on time. If you are in a difficult or dangerous situation, these feelings can give you an awareness of the risks and what you need to do.
If you have an anxiety disorder, these feelings are more noticeable and difficult to live with. They can make you feel as though things are worse than they actually are. This can lead to you worrying all or most of the time and can affect your day to day life.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- feelings of dread, panic or ‘impending doom’,
- feeling on edge or irritable,
- heightened alertness,
- difficulties sleeping,
- changes in appetite,
- difficulties concentrating,
- depersonalisation, and
- wanting to escape from the situation you are in.
You might also experience physical symptoms, which can include:
- heavy and fast breathing,
- hot flushes or blushing,
- dry mouth,
- hair loss,
- fast heartbeat,
- dizziness and fainting, and
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach aches and sickness.
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