The people who have anxiety disorders are living their lives in a bubble of insecurities; they can’t shut down their toxic thoughts since there is no an on-and-off switch for it.
If you are someone who’s struggling to understand their your own anxiety, here are some facts to help understand it:
1. Worrying and having an anxiety disorder is not the same.
It’s totally normal to worry or feel anxious about some things in life and everybody will feel worried on their daily basis. So, how can you tell if you’re just worried or if you’re suffering from anxiety?
It actually depends on how much time you spend your time worrying about things.
Generally, people will only tend to spend an average of 55 minutes a day worrying, while people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) will often spend over 300 minutes a day worrying.
Next time when you feel anxious, pay attention to the time that you’ve spent to be anxious.
2. Overthinking could be the source of your anxiety.
People with anxiety tend to overthink everything in their lives. They obsess towards the things they need to finish or taking care of.
They have their own scenarios in their heads; playing it over and over again until they can’t-do anything because they’re stuck with their own thoughts.
People with anxiety have countless ‘what-if?’ within their heads and it’s difficult for them to stop thinking about those scenarios.
It’s important for them to be reminded by the people in their surroundings, to stop overthinking about things and being busy instead of being occupied with their own thoughts.
3. Being scared and anxious is not the same.
People tend to say, “I’m scared that everything won’t work out fine.” Actually, being scared and having anxiety are two different things.
You can say that you’re scared when you know your exact fears; being bitten by a snake, falling from a high building, or being punished for something.
But, when you don’t know the source of your fears, it’s called anxiety. Anxiety occurs when you’re worrying over something that hasn’t happened yet and you have no exact reasons towards your anxiety; you’re just imagining the worst scenarios that possibly happen in the future.
4. Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by other related disorders.
GAD is often occurring along with depression and substance abuse.
Having anxiety will lead people to develop negative thoughts, the feeling of worthlessness, and even leading to self-injury or having suicidal thoughts because they feel no control over their mind.
If you want to understand about anxiety disorders, it’s important to realize and know the symptoms of other related disorders as well.
5. Anxiety disorders can be triggered by environmental stress or traumatic life events.
Although some researchers stated that anxiety may be hereditary, it could also be triggered by being in a stressful situation or just experiencing a traumatic tragedy which could lead you to feel insecure about the future.
A life transition, such as being jobless, moving to a new place, or a changing life environment could be stressful for some people and it can lead them to have an anxiety disorder.
Losing your loved ones or having a terminally ill family member could also be the triggers for having anxiety – anyone can be afflicted with this form of mental illness.
6. Anxiety can be physically painful.
If you’re experiencing a regular headache, feeling tight around the chest, muscle tension, nausea, or heart palpitations and tummy trouble in a regular basis, you might pay attention to your thoughts and ask yourself whether you have anxiety or otherwise.
Every physical symptom is actually a direct result of the body’s fight and flight response; your anxiety makes the brain senses a threat and it will surge the body with neurochemicals to be ready to fight or run from the threat.
Having anxiety will make your body in an alert-mode all the time.