A lot of people think they know what anxiety is, or they believe that they are suffering from anxiety. But the truth is, people can be confused about what anxiety is.
One thing people always confuse, is that everyone can feel anxious. It is a normal human emotion to be nervous when you have a test, or are meeting new people. However, an Anxiety Disorder is a serious thing, and is labeled as a mental illness.
According to WebMD, there are 4 types of Anxiety Disorders.
- Panic disorder: People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack or “going crazy.”
- Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.
- Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as snakes, heights, or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common, everyday situations.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.
Anxiety disorders can come a few different factors. One being long-term stress, and another being that the illness runs in the family. However, a majority of the studies show, “certain environmental factors — such as a trauma or significant event — may trigger an anxiety disorder in people who have an inherited susceptibility to developing the disorder.” (WebMD).
Personally, my anxiety stems from the environmental factors. While I have dealt with Social Anxiety for years, it was because of how shy of a person I was. My real anxiety started when I was a senior year in high school, after the drunk driving assembly at school before prom. I was always worried about something happening to me or someone I loved, and I have honestly let it control my life for 5 years now. I personally deal with all four anxiety disorders.
I have more fears than I can count, but my main two are fire, and birds. Silly I know, but I’ve had them for so long, it is like I do not remember how to not be scared.
Like I said before, I am extremely shy, so I have grown up with social anxiety. However, it did not get really bad until high school and college. In my mind, everyone is always judging me, which in reality is probably not true. But it makes me so self-conscious, that I am scared to go and talk to other people.
I mainly deal with general anxiety on a daily basis. I could never count how many anxiety attacks I’ve had in just the past year alone. My mind never shuts off, and is worst at night.
Anxiety is not something you should brag about, and it is not easy to get over either. I struggle everyday, and will continue to struggle, probably for the rest of my life.
If you ever need someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out & I will try my best to help 🙂
Until next time!