Mental Health – Anxiety 

Definition

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.


What is anxiety?

Anxiety is when someone has increased fear and worry of things that is more than just the usual nervousness. 

There are 3 main types of anxiety:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder  (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety 
  • Panic Disorder 

There are a few more that aren’t as commonly known.

GAD

GAD is the fear of general things. It can be pretty much anything. It is the most common anxiety disorder. Once one anxious thought is resolved, another comes into your head.

Social Anxiety 

Social anxiety is the fear of social situations. Whereas GAD can be multiple things social anxiety is just the fear of social situations. For example someone may not go to a party because they feel to anxious even if they really want to go.

Panic Disorder 

Panic disorder is when you have anxiety which results in frequent panic attacks. Someone with GAD or social anxiety can have panic attacks too but panic disorder is when they occur often.

What might a person with anxiety experience?

  • Increased fear and worry.
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Panic attacks 
  • Heart palpitations
  • Not being able to focus
  • Lack of sleep
  • Not doing certain things they really want to.
  • Fear of public speaking (SA)
  • Lots of overwhelming thoughts.

Thats all I could think of but there is probably a lot more.

How to help someone with anxiety

If someone you know has anxiety don’t be rude to them because they may not want to do something. Tell them it’s okay and they don’t have to worry and then do something that will make them happy. If someone is having a panic attack. Ask them if they need anything and if so go get it immediately. Try to calm them down. Get them to relax. Sit them down if possible. The best way is to tell them to copy your breathing patterns to slow down their breathing. Ice or a glass of cold water also is a good way to help. But if they ask you to stop then don’t be offended because it may be making them agitated so therefore may not be helping them. After a while of knowing someone you may get to know what helps them if they have a panic attack. Remember to always be kind.

Thank you for reading. Have a lovely day.

– Willow ♡

*Disclaimer: Everything written is from my own knowledge apart from the definition. I am not a professional. Nothing is intended to offend anyone. This is just to raise awareness.*

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