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How do you know if you have an anxiety disorder?

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I believe it’s very very important to find out what’s actually happening to you, your body, and your mind? Sometimes you have butterflies in your stomach while waiting for your turn for an interview or before you are about to present something. Sometimes you get nervous when you have to meet someone new. Sometimes you get scared of very unusual things around you. So the normal anxiety reaction to anything like danger, the body’s automatic flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situation. And most of us do face this usually. NO? This is a normal anxiety reaction. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when a small thing gives you chills or hot flashes when you start to overthink every little detail to death when your fears start to interfere with your relationships with people or family and daily life, you’ve likely crossed the line from normal anxiety into the zone of an anxiety disorder and it’s serious now. Also, know that feeling anxious once in a while and having anxiety are two very different things. When we try to talk to people around us, we usually get the response like Well, yeah, I feel anxious sometimes, too. But you know deep down, they don’t get it because it shows. When you are going through the disorder, it shows. 

For some, these feelings of anxiety are more than just everyday worries or a stressful day at university or work. Your anxiety can worsen over time, becoming so severe that it interferes with your daily life and kinda ruins everything for you. When this happens, it’s said that you have an anxiety disorder. Also, the symptoms vary from person to person. I’m sharing symptoms here that I experienced for almost 5 months.

Initially, there were intense anxiety attacks that used to strike without any warning ( I had no idea what was happening, like more of couldn’t figure out ), then panicky at the thought of getting out or mingling with friends and Also, uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts made it even worse. Intense state a fear and constant worrying about every little thing led to episodes of anxiety attacks and it had started to had an effect on the body real bad. It weakened me to the core.

As I said in the start that it’s quite important to find out what’s actually happening to you to learn about your body so that you can control and regain control of life. A few signs and symptoms were:

  •  Avoiding everyday situations or activities because you feel you are not good enough
  • Being constantly tense, worried, or on edge
  • Experiencing  unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic
  • Experiencing fear of unknown or fear of missing out all the time
  • Sudden Body chills or hot flashes
  • Overthinking that led to negativity
  • Anticipating the worst, always
  • Mind’s going blank
  • You cannot concentrate
  • Losing interest in everything
  • Losing control or going crazy
  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out anytime now
  • Trembling / shaking

Besides this, the wide range of physical symptoms was even scarier and was taking a great toll. Know that anxiety disorder is more than a feeling. 

  • Upset stomach (The very first symptom that you will notice and I believe the most common one as well)
  • Constant Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Pounding heart
  • Losing weight
  • Insomnia ( Before I forcibly fixed my routine, I had stayed up for days and I used to go crazy)
  • Dizziness or feeling lethargic all the time
  • Severe pain in back or feet or legs or joints

Well, when all of this starts to happen, know that there’s something wrong and seek help before it gets worse. It’s treatable and there is no shame opening up about it to your family or see a therapist.

This post got super long. Longer than I expected so how I dealt or how you can deal with it in the next post! STAY TUNED. 

Also, My comments and my Instagram Dm are always open, if you wanna talk or need any kind of help! Feel free to drop a message! <3

 

 

 

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