What is the difference between normal anxiety and anxiety disorder? Learn more, so you can seek solutions and professional help if need be.
Just Being Anxious:
A mother, concerned about her newborn baby’s hygiene, makes sure she washes her hands each time she attends to the child.
A mother, concerned about her newborn baby’s hygiene, makes sure she washes her hands each time she attends to the child... but she cleans them to the point that the hands become sore. She also stocks up on hand soap and her water bills are high. Sometimes she forgets to feed her baby due to the time spent on keeping things clean.
You attend a party alone and feel awkward at first because you don’t know anyone. But you settle in and find a seat, drink or someone to chat with, and your level of alertness reduces.
You feel very uncomfortable when you set foot at a party. You feel that everyone is scrutinising what you wear and say. You clam up, your heart beats fast and you feel dizzy. The symptoms last even after you leave the premises.
You get nervous before a job interview. You experience some mild stomach discomfort or a slightly faster than normal heart rate, but the symptoms do not last. Once the interview is over, you feel relieved — or disappointed — but you are no longer nervous.
Your heart starts to beat very fast, and you feel giddy and short of breath. You are so affected by the symptoms that you decide not to attend the interview.
Working Towards Recovery
o Have a good sleep pattern
o Limit your alcohol intake
o Eat a well-balanced diet
o Drink coffee in moderation
o Exercise regularly
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