When you start understanding anxiety you will be able to assist your family members or anyone else you know who suffers with it. Everyone suffers from some level of anxiety and panic at one point or another in their lives and that is perfectly normal. The level of reaction to that initial feeling of panic is where we all differ.
When two people encounter the same situation they will both react differently, they will have different feelings and different emotional reactions to exactly the same situation. This is why understanding anxiety can be hard for some people. If you are the sort of person who brushes everything off and doesn’t let anything worry you it can be hard to understand people who get scared and apprehensive of things that don’t worry you.
Understanding anxiety can be hard as there are many different types of anxiety that a person can suffer from and some are actually more severe than others. The more severe the anxiety then the longer the symptoms associated with the condition last and the way in which the person behaves can become more and more erratic.
The most common type of anxiety is known as GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and affects around 5% of the US population. People who suffer from this particular disorder will be under a constant state of worry or anxiety, which takes a toll on their social life as well as their physical wellbeing.
It is not rare for anxiety to be just one of many medical problems that a person suffers from. When someone has a number of physical and possibly mental health issues it can become hard for a medical professional to spot anxiety in amongst them. Anxiety and depression are two health issues that are often found together.
There are some symptoms that many people who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder will display, including Being constantly edgy and restless. Have trouble sleeping, which contributes to the irritability that also seems common amongst GAD sufferers Never wishing to stand out, at work, in their social life or anywhere that there is a crowd of people.
Day to day life can be tough for all of us, but if you are suffering from anxiety then it becomes even more difficult to manage with the problems that are thrown at most of us every day. These small problems mount up and the negative affects compound until the anxiety sufferer can’t cope anymore and gives up his job and just stays home.
Although it may seem impossible there is help available for all of the anxiety disorders. The difficult step for most people is getting the friend or family member to admit they need help and go to see their Dr. When they do admit they have a problem and go to see their Dr he will most likely start them on a course of medication. Medication is not a instant fix for anxiety, understanding and support for the anxiety sufferer will be as valuable as any medication that can be prescribed.
Anxiety like any mental health issue is more complicated than it seems, it can be affected by something as simple as a diet or lifestyle change. You must be totally honest with your Dr when you go to see him tell him what you eat and drink as well as whether you are on any other medication (prescribed or not).