Are you always worrying? It can be Anxiety disorder!

A typical complaint from a patient suffering from anxiety disorder to a Psychologist: “Sometimes I feel very worried, tensed and anxious, however, at other times, I am calm and cool. It happens like waves. I am not able to control my mind. I am always thinking about something or the other. Worrying thoughts can strike at any moment and fill my mind with all kinds of weird feelings. Even on the most pleasant and calm days, thoughts will be racing in my head. Several worries arise in my brain like, did something go wrong? How will I manage without help? Did I hurt someone? Etc. It makes me feel tired, irritable, nervous and exhausted. I can’t sleep well at night or function properly at work.” What is anxiety? Anxiety is nothing but worrying, thinking too much or getting scared. It is our body’s natural response to some stressful situation. It’s a feeling of apprehension about what is about to come. All of us experience some anxiety in situations like going for an interview, first day of school/college, some loved one falling sick, getting hurt etc. Anxiety or stress during above situations is quiet normal and short-term. However, if your feelings of anxiety are lasting for as long as 6 months and are interfering with your daily life you may be suffering from anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders often involve frequent episodes of intense worry and fear that may reach a peak within short time (Panic Attacks). These intense feelings of worry and fear disturb your daily life, are difficult to control and can last long. This can make you avoid...