What anxiety feels like?

by cadabamshospital

22 March,2021 | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Anxiety is a serious issue that should not be overlooked. Its symptoms tend to affect our day to well-being. What does anxiety feel like inside? A person suffering from anxiety can experience serious symptoms, including rapid heart rate, increased sweating, twitching, lethargy, restlessness, etc. If the mental issue is not treated timely, it can impact the overall well-being and can pave the way for other serious issues.   

Cadabam’s Hospitals is one of the well-reckoned hospitals in India that treat a wide range of psychiatric and neurology issues. The medical center has been working for over three decades to provide quality and effective care services to patients dealing with mental illnesses. For more information, you can get in touch with the team on call at  +91 97414 76476 and +91 7353226622 or email at info@cadabamshospitals.com

What Does Anxiety Feel Like Inside?

Waking up in the morning with a sudden jerk, “Did I miss the alarm?” Checking the phone twice or thrice to see and be sure of what time it is. And then you see a text message from your boss “meet me when you come in.” The first thing you do is think- think about the day ahead. “Should I really go to work and face my boss?” “Did I complete my task yesterday?” “What if I didn’t? Did I check before leaving work?” “What if he is going to fire me?

What will I do next? Do I have enough savings to survive? What if I don’t get a job after that? Who will I ask for help? I won’t have money to pay rent, to buy my essentials, to eat? What will I do? I am doomed.”

Anxiety disorder is just an anxiety disorder; it is an everyday struggle. For every decision you make, you think like a hundred times of every negative possibility. For every choice and every step you take, there is an inner war going on in your head, but you try to keep calm and composed as you are equally aware of the people around you. It is like holding a time bomb but at the same time acting cool and not letting others know what is in your hands.

One of the scariest things for an individual suffering from an anxiety disorder is sudden, unsure events. These sudden events need not be big events; even small incidents can trigger anxiety. A stranger walking up to you and talking, the teacher suddenly taking your name, being asked a question you do not know the answer to, walking past a group of people and as soon as you pass them hearing them laugh, anything.

It is not just the sudden events that trigger anxiety; it is the uncertainty that comes along with it. Uncertainty of what is going to happen next. It is this uncertainty that puts their mind on a loop of unending negative thoughts which keeps going on and on. 

Along with that, your body too reacts to the whole situation. You feel your heartbeat rise, you can hear the blood thumping in your ears, sweating, finding it difficult to breathe, the chill in your spine, at the time you even go numb and the surroundings start disappearing. In moments like these, an individual’s mind works faster than a lightning bolt, but the issue is; it works in the negative direction.

Another factor that makes this disorder devastating is that; the individual suffering is very much aware that whatever is going on with them is not “normal.” They realize that they shouldn’t be thinking or reacting in that manner, but everything seems out of control to them. Their body and their thoughts. It is this feeling of not-being-in-control that makes them take measures such as avoiding certain triggering situations, places, objects, checking again and again, etc.

Signs And Symptoms Of Anxiety

Doctors assess signs and symptoms to understand what anxiety feels like for an individual. Generally, patients with anxiety experience the following signs and symptoms – 

  1. Excessive worrying 
  2. Feeling agitated
  3. Restlessness 
  4. Fatigue 
  5. Lack of concentration 
  6. Irritability 
  7. Tense muscles
  8. Difficulty in falling asleep
  9. Frequently waking up at night
  10. Panic attacks
  11. Social withdrawal 
  12. Irrational fear 

How Is Anxiety Diagnosed?

Your primary care doctor will first check whether or not you have any underlying medical condition that needs to be treated. But in case of severe anxiety, you will need assistance from a psychiatrist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. To diagnose the issue, the doctor will perform a psychological evaluation where he or she will ask you a couple of questions and assess your symptoms.

What Are The Treatment Options For Anxiety?

Depending on the severity and the overall health condition, the doctors formulate a personalized treatment plan for you. Some of the prominent treatment options include – 

  • Psychotherapy- It is also reckoned as psychological counseling or talk therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most effective type of psychotherapy to treat anxiety disorders. It focuses on improving the symptoms and helping patients slowly get back to activities that patients’ have been avoiding because of the anxiety. 
  • Medications- Various forms of medications are used to help in relieving symptoms based on the type of anxiety. Generally, antidepressants are used to treat this form of the disorder. In some cases, you may also be prescribed beta-blockers or sedatives. 
  • Lifestyle And Natural Remedies- It includes developing a healthy routine where you exercise regularly to reduce stress. Incorporate a healthy diet that includes food enriched with essential nutrition. Anxiety patients should also refrain from consuming alcohol and smoking. 

Why Cadabam’s Hospitals?

For three decades, Cadabam’s Hospitals has been treating patients suffering from mental illnesses. Our experienced team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, physicians, and therapists build specialized care plans for each patient. With Cadabam’s, you get comprehensive and holistic treatment for your anxiety issues. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the types of anxiety?

Anxiety disorder can be categorized into the following groups – 

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder 
  2. Panic Disorder 
  3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder 
  4. Social phobia
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder
  6. Separation Anxiety Disorder 

What causes Anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorder can be triggered by multiple situations. For instance, loss of loved ones, worry about finances, work stress, etc., are some of the triggers of anxiety. Moreover, certain personality types are more vulnerable to anxiety disorder.

Does food cause anxiety?

Fried food, processed meat, candy, refined cereals, pastries, etc., are some of the food items that can spike your anxiety level. Instead, you should include a diet that has fiber-rich grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, etc. 

How can I kill anxiety naturally?

Significant changes in lifestyle can help you in reducing the symptoms of anxiety to a considerable extent. Some of the things that you can do include -

  1. Getting proper sleep
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Quitting smoking 
  4. Avoiding alcohol
  5. Eating healthily 
  6. Meditating
  7. Avoiding caffeine

Everyday life for an individual with an anxiety disorder is survival; every choice seems like a life and death dilemma. With all the thoughts and bodily reactions, the individual is exhausted by the end of the day; still, their thoughts do not stop there. The loop of negative thoughts is never-ending. 

If you, or know someone who does, relate to the thoughts and reactions mentioned above, you are not alone, and there is help. You need not go through this exhausting struggle every day. There are many mental health professionals who can help you with the various therapies and medications. The only step you need to take is; step up and ask for help. For help call us now on +919741476476.

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