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Understanding Anxiety

Every human being has one point in their life experienced anxiety. Arguably, anxiety is an inevitable experience of the human phase. But, one might ask, what is anxiety? Well, anxiety is a mental health disorder characterised by a severe or mild feeling of fear or worry that is strong enough to impede the progress of one’s day-to-day life.

As to how anxiety comes about, it is mainly associated with a stressful situation like, for instance, sitting for an exam you’re not prepared for or going for your first job interview. However, it is essential to note that being anxious and having anxiety is of two different folds. Thus, feeling anxious is a normal response to a stressful life. In other words, it has to do with your daily worries, while having anxiety deals with severe feelings of apprehension about what is to come or happen next.

When symptoms of anxiety become severe regarding events happening around an individual that negatively impact the individual’s life, it could be signs of an anxiety disorder. According to mental health experts, an anxiety disorder can be detrimental to one’s livelihood but can be managed appropriately with the help of medical professionals.

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What causes anxiety?

Researchers and mental health professionals have not arrived at the exact cause of anxiety as it remains unknown. However, per the experiences and various diagnoses therapists and mental health professionals have undertaken, anxiety is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors and brain chemistry.

Over the years, per the studies by various health professionals, anxiety disorders occur alongside other mental health conditions such as depression and stress. Another critical element in anxiety disorder is substance abuse. Many people believe using alcohol or drugs helps relieve anxiety. But they fail to realise that these substances last for a temporal period when reducing anxiety disorder.

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Some Types of Anxiety Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder where one experiences sudden panic attacks at unexpected times. Panic attacks, however, is a natural response that is highly associated with stressful or dangerous events.

Phobia: Phobia is an anxiety disorder associated with a severe or irrational fear of an event or situation.

Social anxiety disorder: also known as social phobia, it is an anxiety disorder defined by an intense fear of being judged by others. This anxiety disorder can negatively impact the day-to-day activities of an individual. Its impact is formidable to the extent of hindering one’s chances of making new friends. 

The Symptoms Associated With Anxiety

In dealing with anxiety, it is essential to recognise anxiety symptoms before they can be tackled. Below are some common symptoms of anxiety.

Difficulty in Concentrating

One of the key symptoms of anxiety has to do with difficulty in concentrating. Many people who happen to be anxious have difficulty concentrating. According to some studies, anxiety can impede one’s performance at the workplace mainly because it can interrupt one’s working memory. It goes a long way to causing a gradual drop in performance amongst employees who are experiencing high anxiety or have an anxiety disorder.


If you have an anxiety disorder, restless is a key symptom one may experience. However, restlessness is primarily common in children and teenagers who have an anxiety disorder.  Although not all anxious people experience restlessness when having anxiety, turmoil is one of the doctors’ signs when making a diagnosis.

According to experts, when one experiences restlessness frequently for more than six months, it is a sign of anxiety disorder.

Irrational Fear Of Making the Wrong Decision

In psychology, decision-making is regarded as a cognitive process associated with identifying the best alternative option after evaluating and assessing them via various information at hand. Having an anxiety disorder can cause one to be indecisive because of the fear of making wrong choices. As such, you end up making unnecessary assumptions about the endless possibilities and outcomes of your decision should you decide on what action to take, and that fear can be detrimental.


Another symptom of anxiety is irritability. Irritability is a psychological symptom. Most anxious individuals experience excessive irritability. This happens when anxiety is associated with an intense state of worry. According to one study including over six thousand adults, the study revealed that more than 90% of those with an anxiety disorder reported feeling highly irritable during the period when anxiety was at its peak.

Trouble with Sleep

Anxiety disorder is strongly associated with a sleep disorder. Most cases of insomnia are strongly associated with generalised anxiety disorder. Insomnia refers to the inability to get sleep well at night. While experiencing an anxiety disorder, the ability to fall asleep may become harder due to an inflated sense of worry.

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Some Natural Ways To Deal With Anxiety

In dealing with anxiety, one may resort to natural remedies which can be effective in helping curb the impact of anxiety.  In so doing, lifestyle changes are highly recommended, and some of these lifestyle changes include avoiding unhealthy activities that trigger anxiety disorder and participating in healthy activities that will improve your health.

Some of the lifestyle changes include;

When to Seek Help

Due to how detrimental generalised anxiety disorders can be, it is advisable to seek help from medical professionals if;

Your worries may not go away on their own if you don’t seek help from health professionals who are well inclined in dealing with mental health disorders like anxiety. Failure to seek help, your worries may get worse over time. Getting help early is essential because, at that stage, it is easier to treat.


As mentioned earlier, the exact causes of anxiety have not been found, and this makes it difficult for one to prevent the tendencies of attracting anxiety disorder. However, mental health experts and researchers are tirelessly looking into the exact cause of anxiety, although it is mainly associated with environmental and genetic factors.

In light of this, it is advisable to seek help when the feeling of worry and fear hits an extreme high. As you may know, anxiety is a normal emotion but becomes abnormal when the feeling of fear or dread interferes with one’s day-to-day activities.

If you have been struggling with anxiety and need help, do call us on 0203 955 7700, and an experienced advisor will be on the phone to assist you.

Frequently asked questions

Anxiety disorder is a menace, but it is possible to overcome it. Overcoming mild or severe worry and fear sometimes depends on your lifestyle, thoughts and behaviours. In dealing with anxiety, one of the most advisable things to do is stay away from drugs. But in the situation where your feeling of fear or worry is reaching an extreme high, reaching out to a doctor is crucial.

Yes, there are foods to help one in managing their anxiety. One of the critical elements in helping deal with stress is eating a healthy diet. According to research by mental health experts, a proper healthy diet can help improve one’s chances of dealing with stress. Some of the foods include;

Brazil nuts
Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring
Dark Chocolate
Green Tea

All these foods contain nutrients that are crucial in helping improve mood by reducing disorders such as anxiety and depression. If you need help with this, kindly call us on 0203 955 7700, and an experienced advisor will be on the phone to assist you.

Yes, there are natural remedies that can aid in overcoming anxiety without necessarily taking medications. There are simple and effective ways to battle anxiety without medication. Some of these ways include;

Talking to someone. According to Katie M. John, “a problem shared is a problem halved.” The minute you open up to someone you trust about your anxiety, it is easier to deal with.

Get moving by regularly exercising and staying active. The last thing you will want to do is overthink in an endless cycle of issues that will end you in a confused state of dilemma.

Certainly! The exact or primary causes of anxiety are still unknown. So, undertaking early intervention measures is crucial in the process of dealing with anxiety. Studies have indicated that early intervention on behalf of children who show anxiety symptoms is vital in producing a long-term reduction in the mental health disorder.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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