Anxiety refers to feeling ‘under threat’ in some way. It is related to the release of adrenaline in the body as part of the fight or flight response. It is often in response to an external stimulus.
Although a small level of anxiety is normal and helpful it can often feel overwhelming and very scary. It can for some people appear to come out of nowhere and be in response to no particular stimulus. Anxiety symptoms can severely affect a person’s daily life, people can feel so scared they begin to withdraw from relationships and people can begin to feel convinced they cant cope with work or socialising or maybe even just leaving the house.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety are outlined below:
- Tiredness – often extreme
- Heart pains
- Head aches
- Churning Stomach
- Panic Attacks
- Lump in throat
- Weight Loss
- Obsessive thoughts
Often sufferers of anxiety can begin to become anxious about being anxious, so they get caught in a vicious cycle of anxiety.
Panic attacks are a particular element of anxiety that can be very scary for the sufferer. People can feel as if they are going to die and are often overwhelmed with a feeling of terror and impending doom. The panic can feel a heart attack to the sufferer and people can begin to live in fear of the next attack.
Some people can have feelings of anxiety or panic when in the presence of a particular stimulus such as spiders. This is known as a phobia.