How do I know if I have anxiety?
Some psychical disorders pretend to be an ordinary phenomena. It concerns anxiety as well, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be treated. This is an emotion that all the people experience when they are nervous or afraid of something.
Constant nervous condition is unpleasant, but what do we have to do if it’s life: there is always a reason for anxiety and fear, we must learn to keep our emotions under control and everything will be fine. Usually this is the case. But sometimes anxiety goes beyond reasonable limits and disturbs living. And this is already a disorder – a condition that can spoil everything and which requires special treatment.
The main symptom is constant sense of anxiety, which lasts for at least six months, provided that there is no reason to be nervous or they are insignificant, and emotional reactions are disproportionately strong. This changes your life: you give up work, projects, walks, meetings or acquaintances, some activities just because you are too worried.
Other symptoms warning that something is wrong:
- constant fatigue;
- constant fear;
- inability to concentrate;
- impossibility to relax;
- trembling in the hands;
- frequent heartbeats, although there are no cardiac pathologies;
- increased sweating;
- head, abdomen, muscles aches despite the fact that doctors don’t detect any illnesses.
There are no any precise test or analysis which identify a disorder, because you can’t measure or touch it. The decision on the diagnosis is made by a specialist who evaluates all symptoms and complaints. There is a temptation to hit the extremes: you diagnose a psychical disorder to yourself, when there is simply unlucky streak in your life, or you ignore your condition and blame your weak-willed character, when the attempt to go out turns into a feat because of whiplash of fear.
Don’t get carried away and mix up constant stress. Stress is an immune answer to a certain stimulus. For example, to a call of a dissatisfied customer. When the situation changes, stress disappears. But the condition can remain – it’s the reaction of the body that occurs, even if there is no direct effect. For example, when an incoming call comes from a regular customer who is satisfied with everyone, and it's still scary to take off the phone. If the problem is so strong that any phone call is torture, then it’s already a frustration. Don’t hide your head in the sand and pretend that everything is normal, when constant tension bores you.
It's not common to consult a doctor with such problems, and the problem is often mixed up with suspiciousness and even cowardice and in our society it’s embarrassing to be a coward. If you share your fears, soon you’ll get the advice to pull yourself together and stay strong, rather than an offer to find a good doctor. The trouble is that it’s not possible to overcome the frustration by a will-power effort, as it's not possible to cure tuberculosis with meditation.