Anxiety is in some ways just a word.
The dictionary definition is:
“A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”
Oxford Living Dictionaries
This definition can give anyone a certain insight into the experience of anxiety and what it concerns.
Anxiety such as this is a normal experience and response in life. We come across things with uncertain outcomes all the time, e.g. new things we try to achieve, new places we go, new people we meet and so on. We also experience these uncertain outcomes when faced with thinking about things as we try to project into the future but don’t actually know how things will work out.
In fact, this anxiety response developed as a protective mechanism that when faced with risk, threat or danger, we could respond physically very quickly and effectively, i.e the well known activation of the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic branch) known as the 'fight or flight response.'
When so many things we experience in life are non-physical, i.e. not physical threats such as a wolf or angry villager from a rival tribe, or with so many things out of our direct control in an increasingly individualistic, fragmented society without the connected social and familial support and small communities of the past, it is not surprising that this anxiety response can develop in to something more.
Not just a word, anxiety can develop into being problematic, becoming exaggerated and out of proportion, or not subsiding after the danger has passed, reducing our effectiveness and responses, limiting out abilities and interfering with how we live our lives.
It can become debilitating.
This is the second part of the dictionary definition above:
“A nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks.”
Oxford Living Dictionaries
Although it is difficult to encapsulate the various forms of anxiety disorder in a straightforward definition, this helps us to understand that anxiety can develop into a disorder characterised by particular signs and symptoms.
Types of Anxiety and Related Conditions
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The main types of anxiety, classed as psychological conditions are:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Additionally, anxiety can be related to fears you don’t consider to be a phobia.
Anxiety is also closely related to stress. Chronic stress, whilst not considered a psychiatric diagnosis, is still a psychological issue that can be debilitating in it’s effects and seriously interfere with your quality of life and ability to function. Stress can also lead to development of anxiety and/or depression as well as physical health conditions.
Anxiety has a relationship with depression. Many people with anxiety may develop depression and vice versa.
Low mood and depression may therefore be an important treatment area related to treatment of anxiety. This can extend to other emotional difficulties.
Additionally there are other related conditions where anxiety is a feature.
There is a way out.
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Anxiety is treatable. You can manage anxiety more effectively, find relief from anxiety, and overcome problematic anxiety. This can allow you to find the freedom to move forwards and to live life more fully in the way you choose.
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