Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It can make it easier to deal with a tense situation, study harder, or keep focused. It helps you stay focused and prepared. But when anxiety becomes excessive it can become disabling.
There are five major types of anxiety: generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The most common is generalized anxiety disorder. GAD causes exaggerated worry and tension. Sufferers worry excessively about health issues, family, work problems, and financial issues – even when things are going well. It interferes with concentration and sleep and can cause distressing physical symptoms. This is a real illness and it can be treated with therapy and medication.
Answering yes to some of the following questions may indicate that you suffer from GAD:
- I never stop worrying about things big and small.
- I have headaches and other aches and pains for no reason.
- I am tense a lot and have trouble relaxing.
- I have trouble keeping my mind on one thing.
- I get crabby or grouchy.
- I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
- I sweat and have hot flashes.
- I sometimes have a lump in my throat or feel like I need to throw up when I am worried