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What is Anxiety ? Stress & Anxiety

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress.

It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come.

It’s a very common phenomenon and happens with everyone.

But if your feeling of anxiety is extreme, last for more than 6 months, you may have anxiety disorder.

Though anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion, however when a person regularly feels, it might become a medical disorder.

Anxiety disorder form a category of mental health diagnoses that leads to excessive nervousness, fear and worry.

Anxiety Disorder affects 40 million people in the United States.

What is Anxiety ?

The American Psychological Association (APA), defines Anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feeling of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes”.

However anxiety can cause distress, but it’s not a medical condition always.

When an individual faces potentially harmful or worrying triggers, feeling of anxiety are not only normal but necessary for survival.

The danger causes a rush of adrenaline, a hormone and chemical messenger in brain.

Which in turn triggers these anxious reactions in a process called “fight or flight”

This prepares humans to physically confront or flee any potential threat to safety.

The nervous feeling before an important life event is a natural echo of the original “flight or fight” response.

Because it’s essential to survive.


Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing.

This feeling can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart.

You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body.

General Symptoms are –

  • increased heart beat
  • rapid breathing
  • restlessness
  • trouble concentrating
  • disturbed sleep
  • feeling of being on edge
  • increased irritability

What causes Anxiety ?

Well still we didn’t found exact cause of anxiety.

But, it’s likely a combination of factors playing a role. These includes genetic and environmental factors.

But don’t worry ! Our researchers are trying their hard to find out why it happens.


Panic Disorder –

We feel terror that strikes normal.

During a panic attack, you may sweat, have chest pain and feel palpitation.

Social Anxiety Disorder –

This is when you feel overwhelming worry and self consciousness about every day social situation.

Specific Phobias –

We all are uncomfortable to something which is specific for specific individual.

And this intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as height or water etc., known as Specific Phobia.

What is an Anxiety Attack ?

An anxiety attack is a feeling of overwhelming apprehension, worry, distress, or fear. For many people it builds slowly.

But it may worsen as a stressful event approaches.

Though it’s common but can vary greatly, and symptoms may differ from individuals.

That’s because many symptoms don’t happen to everyone.

So don’t worry, everything will be alight.

Do you have any specific symptoms ?

Well i does, lemme know in the comment section if you have any !

How common are Anxiety Disorders ?

In any given year the estimated percent of U.S. adults with various anxiety disorders are —

  • 7-9% = specific phobia
  • 7% = social anxiety
  • 2-3% = panic disorder
  • 2% = agoraphobia
  • 2% = generalized anxiety disorder
  • 1-2% = separation anxiety disorder.

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The cause of anxiety is unknown but no doubt it’s a combination of genetic, environmental, psychological and developmental factors.

What are treatments for anxiety ?

Once you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, you can explore treatment options with your doctor.

However, for some people, medical treatment isn’t necessary.

Because lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with the symptoms.

Treatment for anxiety falls into two categories –

  • Psychotherapy &
  • Medication

In our next article we will discuss about treatment in brief, so don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter and stay tuned with us.

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