7 februari, 2018

ANXIETY

Signs and Symptoms (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

  • Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling the worry
  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)

(Also Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder)

Risk Factors

Researchers are finding that genetic and environmental factors, frequently in interaction with one another, are risk factors for anxiety disorders. Specific factors include:

  • Shyness, or behavioral inhibition, in childhood
  • Being female
  • Having few economic resources
  • Being divorced or widowed
  • Exposure to stressful life events in childhood and adulthood
  • Anxiety disorders in close biological relatives
  • Parental history of mental disorders
  • Elevated afternoon cortisol levels in the saliva (specifically for social anxiety disorder)

What You Can Do About Anxiety

  • Put a physical barrier between you and your stressful environment
  • Stress management (Mindfulness Meditation)
  • Express yourself to someone or somehow

Anxiety is also a normal response to what your brain experience as a fight- or flight situation.