feeling anxious? is this normal?
by Zaakirah Mohamed

Anxiety is a normal human emotion, and we all feel anxious from time to time.  Mild Anxiety is required when we need to survive in dangerous situations, as well as to motivate us with every day challenges and objectives.  Experiencing mild anxiety may help you become more alert on facing challenging or threatening circumstances. Stressful situations such as meeting tight deadlines or important social obligations often make us scared.  However when this normal emotion develops into an anxiety disorder it then disrupts your overall daily functioning, as well as your physical and mental well-being. It affects how we feel, how we act in response to it and it can have frightening unexplained physical and mental symptoms which can be very disabling for the sufferer.

So when do you know you are experiencing an anxiety disorder? The frequency and intensity of anxiety can be overwhelming. If left untreated, anxiety disorders can have severe consequences. For example, some people who suffer from recurring panic attacks avoid any situation that they fear may trigger an attack. Such avoidance behaviour may create problems by conflicting with job requirements, family obligations or other basic activities of daily living.


Fortunately, the majority of people with an anxiety disorder improve considerably by getting effective psychological treatment. People who suffer from an untreated anxiety disorder often also suffer from other psychological disorders, such as depression, and they have a greater tendency to abuse alcohol and other drugs. Their relationships with family members, friends and coworkers may become very strained. And their job performance may decline.


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