When it comes to uncomfortable or difficult emotions, anxiety is one that nearly everyone can say that they have dealt with anxiety at least once in their lives. Whether it was before a big job interview, anticipating a big event, or meeting someone new, having a little anxiety now and then is a pretty normal part of life. But for some people, anxiety is not just an occasional experience; instead, it is something that they live with every day of their lives. At AIM: Advaita Integrated Medicine in Raleigh, NC, our goal is to help individuals properly treat anxiety through our comprehensive counseling services.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health issues in the U.S. today. Yet only an estimated third of people suffering with it seek the help that they need. How do you know if you have an anxiety disorder, and what can you do to help get your symptoms down to manageable levels?
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as a feeling of dread, fear, or uneasiness about a task or situation. It can also manifest as physical symptoms as well. For some people, anxiety actually makes them better able to focus on the task at hand. People with anxiety disorders, however, find that it makes it harder for them to do or say things, to the point that it affects their daily lives. Some of the most common symptoms of severe anxiety include:
- Pounding or rapid heartbeat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Anxious thoughts or beliefs that you cannot control and do not go away easily
- Feeling restless or tense