For my new Mental illness/ Health series I have began in June with the theme being ‘Anxiety’ so I wanted to share some information on the topic as well as personal stories based around it from myself! So, let’s start of with what anxiety is, what symptoms we can display physically when suffering with anxiety and different types of anxiety disorders.
What is anxiety?
So focusing on the big question, ‘What is anxiety?’ – As seen below in the image (For visually impaired, the sentence following explains the writing on the image), it explains that anxiety is a fear and worry about certain things or everything and can be a symptom of phobias. It can be described as a fight or flight response and can cause worry or an uneasy feeling that can be either mild or severe. It is generally a feeling of unease that can develop into a disorder. Anxiety is a common struggle and mental illness and comes in many different forms, types and is different to the individual.
Different types of anxiety disorder
So, we know what anxiety is, but did you know that from anxiety stems a whole list of anxiety disorders, some that you wouldn’t consider being linked. Again for the purpose of those who are visually impaired, the image below has two list of the anxiety disorders. They are as follows: Body dysmorphic disorder, compulsive skin picking, phobias, fear of flying, depersonalisation disorder, trichotillomania, Health anxiety, Anticipatory anxiety, PTSD, Panic disorder, post natal anxiety, stress, agoraphobia, irritable bowel syndrome, separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder). As you can see, there are many anxiety disorders and some are very common.
Physical effects of anxiety
So, anxiety may be a mental and invisible illness as such but it can actually cause some really intense physical effects, so here is the list of effects and symptoms that are stated on the images below. With anxiety can come heart palpitations, pains in the head, nausea, trembling/ shaking, feeling too hot or too cold, sweating or getting chills, troubled sleep and restlessness. You can also experience excess sweating, psychosomatic illness, double concentrating, stomach ache, claustrophobia and dizziness. Different people will experience different symptoms of different strains too.
Thanks so much for reading. Let me know if you can relate and whether you have learnt something new too!