Reality of Living with Anxiety Disorder


“Anxiety” is frequently and commonly used term by everyone. Everybody has anxiety at some point of their lives.

Be it being nervous before a job interview or before that date you always wanted to go on or before an exam.

In this blog we are going to tell you all about anxiety , difference between anxiety and anxiety disorder and reality of living with anxiety disorder.


What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. It is intense , excessive and persistent worry or fear about everyday situations. Anxiety can be normal in stressful situations such as public speaking or taking a test. But when feelings become extreme and consuming it interferes with daily life. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing , sweating and feeling tired are some of the symptoms of anxiety.


Difference between Anxiety and Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety is a reaction to different situations in our life. It is intuitive. It alerts us and helps us to prepare for any potential danger. A manageable amount of anxiety can be healthy such as preparing for a test or job interview.


However Anxiety Disorder is different. It is categorised as a mental illness. People with anxiety disorders frequently have intense , excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday life’s situations. Often , anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes ( panic attacks).


These feelings of anxiety and panic hamper everyday life activities and are very difficult to control. The symptoms may start from childhood or teen years and continue till adulthood.


The actual reality of living with Anxiety Disorder

A person having anxiety disorder finds it difficult to control their emotions and feelings( though the treatment helps to gain control over it). Even when the person actually wants to talk about the feelings that are bothering them, they aren't able to do so because of the stigma attached. And sometimes they don’t talk about their feelings because they feel like nobody would actually understand them.

During a panick attack ones heart beat increases , chest tightens around and pounding heart- creates a painful tension. It hurts to breathe. One might find oneself gasping for air , as if trying to breathe in high altitude. One might feel nauseous and dizzy. There's a strong urge to cry, your body trembles and you might feel you aren't going to make it. People with the disorder feel everything at an extreme level.  


People who are battling their way out of this hellhole disorder, it’s actually okay not to be okay. You’re not alone.

And those who are not, please be kind to everyone, you might not know what battles they're fighting. Kindness costs nothing.

If you, or anyone you know is facing any difficulties processing your thoughts please reach out to people with resources to help you and heal you :

Aasra Foundation

www.aasra.info

Or call at 9820466726


Also, here's a list of all the consolidated therapists , Helpline numbers and apps to help you.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NNF-wyVZ7reuaiqkgX2BSiX3CHiFhtHfAu_UEaF0ybU/edit?usp=drivesdk




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