It is normal that everyone feels anxiety. It means we are reacting to something that is overwhelming. Perhaps writing a test, a project at work that is due, meeting a new business partner, playing or watching a athletic event. I think to not feel anxious from time to time, would be a disorder itself.
So when does anxiety become abnormal? It does when it becomes persistent enough that it effects your ability to function properly in daily life. Anxiety has three major components.
Cognitive aspects are thoughts that follow you daily and are adamant in your mind. Even when you try to focus your attention on something else, the person finds they are thinking of these negative thoughts. ie. “What might happen…?” “What if…?” “Am I in trouble…?”
Emotional aspects of anxiety are the feeling of being overwhelmed and experiencing intense fear. For some people fear may turn into panic and they might make a rash decision that they would not otherwise make. They let their emotions get the best of them, and allow them to not thinking clearly.
Physiological aspects this is your body preparing for the “flight or fight response.” It is the body’s physical and emotional representation of the stress you feel. You may feel extremely sensitive to information and everything that is going around you. Over time it can cause great exhaustion.
The information here is simplified and to be informative material. If you wish to seek further information about specific anxiety disorder these websites can help:
If you are in need of immediate assistance you can contact someone in person to talk with:
- Hamilton Crisis Line 24 hours – 905-972-8338
- Contact a nurse at Telehealth Ontario by dialing 1-866-797-0000