'Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.
During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:
phobias, such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
social anxiety disorder (social phobia)'
Information above is from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/generalised-anxiety-disorder/overview/
Anxiety has many faces and I think there is a high percentage of the population that suffers with it in some form. Like a lot of condtions it can vary from person to person. From I can get on with my day generally to absolutly life changing. What I find the most hard to hear is how many people say how little help they get with it. A lot of people seem to have some tablets given to them and off you pop. The follow up or lack of follow up needs to be changed, they have to start treating this like they would if you had a physical issue like an infection. Mental health is a vast subject and has many, many elements to it but things must change and simply more needs to be done. How many people need to be suffering before it is taken more seriously? The lack of support is why a lot of people find groups and friends on social media because at least that way they can speak to others in a similar position and offer each other support. It says a lot when you find out more about your condition through social media than you do going to a Dr.
Don't get me wrong I think our NHS is bloody brilliant, we simply need more services and fabulous people. I appreciate how lucky we are to have the NHS and the great work it does. I just wanted to make that clear, this is not about bashing hospitals and staff at all.
Common signs of anxiety you can look out for are:
Feeling nervous, restless or tense
Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
Having an increased heart rate
Feeling weak or tired
Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
Having trouble sleeping
Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems