What is anxiety?

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal life experience.  We all have it.  It’s the nervous feeling you get before a public speech.  The jittery sense you experience on a first date.  The sweaty palms that set in right before a big test or interview.

The term “anxiety” is a more clinical term.  Common words that the general public may use to describe anxiety include:

  • Nervous
  • Panicked
  • Worried
  • Stressed
  • Freaking out
  • Jittery
  • On edge
  • Tense
  • Moody

In small doses, anxiety can be motivating.  After all, you wouldn’t be studying for that test if you weren’t nervous or anxious about doing poorly.

Sometimes however, anxiety crosses a threshold and it is no longer motivating, rather it becomes debilitating.  It overwhelms us and our minds and bodies begin to shut down.

Some people may find that they struggle with anxiety in general, and it may be a lifelong experience.  Other people may find that anxiety becomes triggered around a specific event, or that it is triggered at a certain point in their life.

What ever your experience may be, clinicians at Entavida are trained in supporting you to reduce symptoms of anxiety so that you can live a happy and productive life.

What are symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety can be experienced in psychological and physical ways.

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Excessive worry that it difficult to control or manage
  • Racing thoughts
  • Intense fear (of something specific, of life, of doom, or death, of public places, of planes, of cars, of losing control, of losing your mind, etc.)
  • A constant feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Irritability
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Feeling spaced out
  • Feeling you are going crazy
  • Feeling like things aren’t real or that you are in a dream
  • Forgetfulness or difficulties with memory
  • Feeling “trapped” in your mind
  • Having a flood of thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Outbursts of anger

Some physical symptoms can include:

  • Chest tightening or pain
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Muscle aches
  • Overall tesion
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Stomach problems
  • Losing sensation in your extremities
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Difficulties falling or staying asleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth