Anxiety is a term which describes the feelings people experience when faced with threat or danger or when stressed. Often people will feel upset, uncomfortable or tense. Anxiety can sometimes be triggered by experiences such as job loss, relationship breakdown, illness, accidents or the death of someone close. In these situations, anxiety is usually experienced for a limited time.
An anxiety disorder is defined when anxiety is persistent, out of proportion to reality and significantly interferes with a person’s daily life. An anxiety disorder can be typically accompanied by intense uncontrollable worry, avoidance of real or perceived anxiety provoking situations and panic attacks.
Anxiety can be heredity, or as a result of an anxiety provoking event, or a combination of both.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased muscle tension
- Dry mouth
- Change in appetite