The Top FAQs On Anxiety

What is anxiety? This is a question asked by many people trying to decipher the difference between this illness and others.

Is anxiety an illness? Is it an ailment, a disorder? Yes, anxiety is classed as all three, depending on which stage it is at. In severe cases, there are signs of stress that escalate out of control. These are signs of an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety gives sufferers a feeling of uneasiness. Almost everyone has experienced the discomfort of anxiety at some point in their lives. It can arise when faced with dilemmas, stressful situations, such as a job interview, sitting at an exam, or during illness.

Another FAQ? Is it normal to feel anxious when faced with difficulty or something dangerous? Yes, everyone can suffer from bouts of anxiety. This is a normal response to stressful situations. Anxiety has even been known to improve performance.

However, in the UK, one in ten people that suffer from anxiety have severe anxiety that interferes with their normal daily life. In the US, 18.1% of the adult population is affected by anxiety disorders.

Excessive anxiety is also associated with many other psychiatric conditions like depression. Anxiety is considered abnormal when the signs or symptoms hang around longer than necessary and to what degree it interferes with day to day activities.

If this is the case, the anxiety is classed as an anxiety disorder and it’s necessary for the person to get the anxiety appropriately addressed.

The physical symptoms of anxiety can be identified based on how the brain sends signals to other parts of the body, preparing for a fight or flight reaction. The human brain releases stress hormones during these reactions, including adrenaline.

Common symptoms that can occur are abdominal discomfort, rapid heartbeat or palpitations, dizziness, diarrhea, shortness of breath, dry mouth, tightness or pain in the chest, frequent urination, or finding it difficult to swallow.

Anxiety is often considered the culprit when a mental health problem is recognized, such as depression, alcohol abuse, or a personality disorder.

The signs to look out for when psychological anxiety is present are the inability to concentrate, fear of madness, insomnia, irritability or anger, a feeling of discomfort, and the loss of control of your actions.

Some types of anxiety are closely associated with physical illnesses, such as a thyroid disorder. Gut imbalances can also increase anxiety as neurotransmitters that support a calm, happy mood such as serotonin are made in the gut.  Addressing the root causes of anxiety and consuming nourishing, whole foods, while practicing proper sleep habits and managing stress llevels are key components in reducing anxiety.

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