Anxiety

Liza Hernandez

Anxiety and what it is:

Anxiety is worry, concern, uneasiness, usually about a certain event or situation. Anxiety is different than fear, although someone may experience the same symptoms with both fear and anxiety, they aren't all that similar. Fear is an emotional response to a situation where an individual feels threatened; On the other hand anxiety is a psychological disorder. The emotions that lead to anxiety can occur even when there isn't an actual possibility for actual harm. Anxiety can be caused by trauma, or it can develop from a lot of stress.

Symptoms & Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms are commonly associated with the whole body in general. Anxiety can create excessive worry and/or tension, unrealistic views of problems, restlessness or feeling edgy, muscle tension, headaches, sweating, difficulty concentrating, nausea, the need to go to the bathroom often, tiredness, trouble staying/falling asleep, trembling, being startled easily, numbness in both hands and/or feet, irritability, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, twitching, and hot flashes.

Ways to Deal With Anxiety(Panic) Attacks

  • Use deep breathing
  • Replace the anxious thought with a more soothing or calming thought
  • DO NOT LOCK JAWS TOGETHER (it can cause nausea and make panic attack twice as bad.
  • Distract oneself (using mental puzzles, counting backwards, etc.)
  • Tense muscles for a couple seconds then release
  • Have someone you trust talk to you and comfort you.
  • Slowly pace around breathing slowly and deeply
Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks

There isn't a specific trigger to Panic Attacks, but the symptoms are enough for someone to know they're experiencing one.