Do you feel like you often experience anxiety? Does your heart suddenly start to beat faster? Do you sometimes get dizzy?
Then chances are, you are experiencing an anxiety attack. Anxiety is one of the most discussed disorders. Sometimes you hear about someone having anxiety or an anxiety disorder, but you might have a hard time imagining it. If you have not had it yourself, it is hard to imagine what anxiety means to someone with an anxiety disorder. Often, people with anxiety know that their anxiety is out-of-place, but they don't know how to deal with their anxiety.
Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It's not easy.
Anxiety comes in many different forms such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety, and the distinction between an official diagnosis, and "normal" anxiety isn't always clear. Anxiety is a common experience for all people. Some handle it smoothly while others could be immersed into it, knowing that they are heading for a long, dark alley with no point of return.
There are approximately 40 million Americans who have various types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders may manifest in such a way that the person feeling it could have sensations of free-floating anxiousness without knowing the reasons that have triggered it. It may also appear like an intense and sudden attack of numbing or painful anxiety. Also, it may manifest as a social inhibition or irrational compulsions to be obsessed with certain rituals. Or, it may manifest as an illogical fear of something that doesn't seems to bother other people at all.
Anxiety is a mental, emotional, and physical condition.