It’s normal to feel worried, scared, and anxious sometimes because guess what? Life’s not perfect, nor is it a bed of roses. However, do you find yourself feeling anxious and worried most of the time? Your fears and worries become so overwhelming that it ends up affecting your daily life and your ability to function? If you answered yes to both these questions, then chances are you are suffering from chronic anxiety.
“It’s been 30 minutes and she still hasn’t called back. She must be thinking of breaking up with me!”
“He was supposed to reach 15 minutes ago! Where is he? I’m sure he has been in an accident!”
“My mind is racing and I can’t do anything to stop it!”
“I feel this sense of dread creeping into me, which means something bad is going to happen!”
“My hands are shaking, and I don’t know why.”
These are just a few things that people suffering from chronic anxiety experience every day. And chronic anxiety symptoms can manifest in different ways in different people. Read on to know everything there is to know about this.
What Is Chronic Anxiety?
Chronic anxiety or anxiety disorder is when you feel a constant sense of dread and panic in your mind and body; you’re in a perpetual state of fight-or-flight mode.
Obsessing about what the future holds, panicking about every little thing that might go wrong, and trying to control every aspect of your life, hoping that it will stave off any misfortune that might come your way, are all classic chronic anxiety symptoms.
Types Of Chronic Anxiety Disorders
Read on to know more about the different types of anxiety disorders.
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you feel an overwhelming and irrational fear of leaving your home, entering crowded and open spaces, or being present in places from which escaping might be a challenge.
Those who suffer from agoraphobia can go days without leaving their house and even avoid face-to-face interactions with other people.
2. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalized anxiety disorder manifests as constant worry and anxiety about events, including daily routine activities.
The fear and worry that come with generalized anxiety disorder can be very difficult to control, and can even affect you physically. All the things that make you feel anxious are mostly exaggerated by your mind, hence the constant worrying.
3. Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia
Social anxiety disorder is when you feel anxious and self-conscious about any kind of social situation, even when it’s a very simple everyday situation.
You find it hard to interact with people, feel overwhelmingly shy and out of place, and even experience anxiety attacks in social situations because you have this feeling that others don’t like you or are judging you.
4. Selective Mutism
Selective mutism is a chronic anxiety disorder that makes it hard for you to speak with others, especially in social situations where you might need to speak, engage, and interact with multiple people.
Selective mutism is mostly found in children, who find it difficult to speak at school and other social situations, but feel perfectly comfortable conversing with their parents and other family members at home.
5. Panic disorder
If you suffer from panic disorder, then you never know when a panic attack is going to take over you, because they usually happen without warning or are even caused by the littlest of things.
Racing heart, sweating, chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and an impending sense of doom are the symptoms of panic disorder.
6. Separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is another form of anxiety disorder in which you feel anxious and fearful when a loved one goes away from your sight. People who you love and trust and feel close to when they leave you even if it’s for a short time, fill you up with anxiety because you believe that something bad will happen to them.
Separation anxiety is most prevalent among children but can be found in adults too.
7. Medication-induced anxiety disorder
Sometimes consuming illegal drugs, substance abuse, and certain medications can cause you to feel anxious and display chronic anxiety symptoms. Withdrawal from drugs and medications can also lead to chronic anxiety.