Anxiety is a very normal, very common thing. It is how the body reacts to stress.
In some cases, anxiety can help people cope with difficulties that arise in their lives such as with work or school. Anxiety will force the person to cope with the situation and to deal with it.
However, excessive anxiety is a problem and is known as anxiety disorder. When someone has an anxiety disorder, they panic about situations and become overwhelmed with feelings of stress that they may be not able to effectively deal with.
Many symptoms are associated with anxiety disorder. Some of the most common symptoms related to anxiety disorder include fatigue, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, stomach pains, shortness of breath, and headaches.
With anxiety, the body goes into a preparation mode to deal with the problem. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase. You may sweat more. Blood flow will be increased to the major muscles in your body. Your immune and digestive systems take a break from their normal work.
Some of the outward signs of anxiety can include skin that is pale, sweating, trembling and dilated pupils. If someone is suffering from the effects of anxiety, they may have an overwhelming sense of panic or dread.
Panic attacks are a symptom that is seen quite frequently in those that suffer from anxiety. Panic attacks come on suddenly and there is often no warning. The fear that is associated with a panic attack is most often irrational.
That being said, it is also true that the fear and perceived danger that the person suffering the attack has is very real. A person that is suffering a panic attack often feels like they are going to pass out or die. Oftentimes, panic attacks are mistaken for heart attacks.
There are many emotional symptoms that go hand in hand with the physical symptoms of anxiety. Sufferers may experience feelings of dread or apprehension. They may have difficulty concentrating. They may be very tense and jumpy. They may be irritable, anticipate the worst, be restless, constantly watch and wait for signs of danger, and may often feel like their mind is empty and blank. Many people that are suffering the effects of anxiety will have nightmares, obsess about the sensations they feel, feel like they are trapped in their mind, and fear everything.
Fear is the most common symptom of anxiety. This includes an overwhelming fear of death or dying. Those who suffer from anxiety may fear that the chest pains that they are experiencing, which are a physical symptom associated with anxiety, are a fatal heart attack. They also think that the severe headaches they have
Some sufferers are tremendously afraid of death and have overwhelming fear when they think about it. Others think of death as a normal thing. There are some sufferers that simply cannot get death out of their minds and they are obsessed with the thoughts of death.