Understanding Anxiety: The Complete Beginner’s Guide
Your anxiety may be one of the most misunderstood types of anxiety. While it may cause symptoms that range from racing heart, nausea, to uncontrollable sweating, many people still refuse to call it anxiety. Anxiety does not have to be chronic or come and go with time.
There are several different types of anxiety, including social anxiety, general anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The types of symptoms that characterize each type can vary significantly.
Most people’s emotions are directed towards a specific task or set of tasks. When this task becomes too complicated or simply not possible, the emotions are channeled into a negative response. This is usually labeled as anxiety because the negative response is unwanted.
In order to understand the nature of anxiety, it is important to have some basic understanding of how our emotions are determined and how they work within our general knowledge. We start our day with the sunrise. Our emotions are essentially what it is that energizes this moment. They change based on what we experience during the day.
Knowing this, it is easy to see how our emotions can become hijacked and why a wonderful experience such as seeing the sunrise is perceived as a threat. The emotion we have is either heightened in fear or turned off.
People who suffer from anxiety disorders also have trouble with setting realistic goals. They tend to have a fear of failure and feel that they must complete certain tasks regardless of whether or not they can complete them. They see themselves as failures and view success as having failed.
One particular kind of anxiety is known as separation anxiety. In this case, the individual becomes preoccupied with the thoughts and feelings of being separated from the person or object that has been causing the anxiety. So instead of focusing on the good things that are about to happen, the individual focuses on the bad things that are going to happen.
This type of anxiety disorder is also known as separation phobia. A person suffering from this type of anxiety can oftentimes be extremely anxious over the thought of being separated from something he or she loves. Unfortunately, in this case, the object or person has no control over the anxiety, so there is little that can be done to stop the anxiety.
Source of the Anxiety: An anxious person may start with fears about seemingly minor things, but then progress to those of a greater magnitude.
Food is also a common source of anxiety. People who suffer from an eating disorder will often have problems with many different areas of their life. If they are underweight, a problem with their teeth, or have a less than desirable body mass index, they are likely to experience excessive anxiety and fear over their appearance.
If you are worried about your weight or lack of physical fitness, losing any excess weight and/or moving to a healthier diet will greatly reduce your anxiety and depression. Sometimes it is not only the actual food you eat that causes anxiety; sometimes you are anxious about your food, in which case, changing your eating habits will help alleviate your anxiety and help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals.