Causes and Symptoms of Anxiety
The causes of anxiety and panic are not fully understood. Life experience may trigger anxiety. Chemical imbalances in the brain can also play a role. These imbalances may run in the family. Anxiety can express itself in different ways. It may be ongoing or come in bursts, lasting only a few minutes. Panic attacks are short, intense bursts of anxiety accompanied by a sense of dread and physical reactions such as heart pounding and sweating. Generalized anxiety is an ongoing condition that is not usually a direct result of a well-defined irrational fear (phobia).
Everyone experiences life stress and anxious moments. In fact, anxiety can be a perfectly normal and healthy reaction to a stressful situation. Anxiety can help us cope with external dangers by increasing our awareness and getting our body ready to react. Don’t fight your feelings. Anxiety feeds itself—the more you worry about it, the worse it gets. Instead, try to identify what might have triggered your anxiety, and try to put this threat in perspective. Keep in mind that you can’t control everything about a situation. Change what you can and let the rest take its course.
Coping with Anxiety
Exercise is a great way to relieve tension and help your body feel relaxed. Examine your life for stress and try to find ways to reduce it.
Don’t turn to alcohol or other drugs for relief. They will only make things worse.
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