Occasional anxiety is a natural part of life. Anxiety may be felt before an important presentation in school or before a job interview. Anxiety disorder is characterized as experiencing chronic and intense feelings of fear or worry. A person with an anxiety disorder would feel the same sense of worry before their job interview, but that feeling would continue throughout the rest of the day and may even get worse during the next.
Signs of anxiety include:
- Feeling restless or on-edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulties w/ concentration
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty in controlling feelings of worry
- Sleep problems
- Diarrhea or nausea
There are multiple types of anxiety disorders including separation anxiety disorder (which is more commonly found in children), selective mutism (persistent failure to speak in certain social situations despite speaking in other engagements), specific phobias (an irrational fear of a specific object or situation), social anxiety disorder (excessive fear of being embarrassed in social situations, causing the person to avoid it all together), panic disorder (recurrent panic attacks for at least 1 month), agoraphobia (excessive fear of situations where escape might be difficult), and generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety is treatable with psychotherapy and medications both provided from professionals.