What is anxiety?
A common misconception about anxiety is that fear is bad, whereas we are biologically programmed to feel fear in order to protect us from bad things happening. If we didn’t experience fear from time to time, we’d never know when to proceed with caution in dangerous situations and we’d get hurt.
The trouble is that with anxiety, that fear mechanism has become oversensitized so that in the case of conditions like Generalised Anxiety Disorder it’s on constant loop or in panic attacks can lead to someone thinking they are going to die when there is no danger at all.
Either way it sucks as when it happens over a long period of time, it’s often accompanied by depression, social isolation, difficulties at work and in relationships.
This blog, written by an anxiety sufferer, seeks to give some handy pointers to steps that can be taken before turning to prescription medication, but in the end it’s up to you to find your own way of what works for you.
But just remember you are not alone. 1 in 5 of the population in the US and approximately 60 million people in the European Union suffer from anxiety. So while your nearest and dearest may not understand you, there’s vast swathes of the population that do.
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