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Worry and Anxiety
The two most common and basic negative emotions in human beings, worry and anxiety, play an important part in our lives. Present in varying degrees in different people, worry and anxiety build up pressure in our lives and enable us to perform better in our different activities and work, be it in our social, professional, or personal lives. However, when worry and anxiety become ingrained elements of our existence, they disrupt and destroy our lives completely.
At present, statistics show that worry and anxiety, leading to anxiety disorders, remain among the leading mental diseases and problems among people in Australia as well as in other parts of the world.
Research reveals that irrational and generalised worry and anxiety has been found at the root as well as symptoms of many psychological disorders in human beings. Many anxiety disorders such as
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Common Phobia, and even
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
among others, are characterised by a profound and severe generalised worry and anxiety symptoms.
The presence of severe worry and anxiety in a person can be attributed to several factors which include genetic, environmental, and even psychological factors.
Severe worry and anxiety can be diagnosed by several symptoms such as the following:
- Physical symptoms such as sleep problems, headaches, muscle and joint stiffness, cold sweat, trembling, nausea, palpitations, choking sensation, and more;
- Psychological symptoms such as false sensations, dizziness, illusions, and more;
- Behavioural symptoms which include irritability, withdrawal, isolation, reduced performance level, or sometimes increased dependence upon others, and others.
Worry and anxiety can be treated in many ways.
The first step remains in identifying the cause or main triggers of worry and anxiety. Talking with counsellors, taking up relaxation and behavioural and even stress management therapies, besides meditation also helps in getting rid of unnecessary and severe worry and anxiety. Antidepressant drugs and cognitive-behaviour therapy also help in reducing the intensity of worry and anxiety.
Curtailing our normal activities and damaging lives by bringing in different anxiety disorders, severe worry and anxiety should be properly diagnosed and treated from its onset, before it takes the reigns of our lives.