Frequently Asked Questions about Anxiety
Frequent Questions about Anxiety, Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Attacks (Panic Attacks), etc.:
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time as a normal part of life. Anxiety becomes a disorder when worry and fear interfere with a normal lifestyle. Anxiety disorders include, Panic Attack Disorder (PAD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
Below are common anxiety questions and answers (anxiety FAQ) by category:
What is anxiety?
Anxiety can be defined as an uneasy physiological, psychological, and emotional reaction to believing a future threat has the potential to cause harm. Where fear is a reaction to a real or perceived imminent threat, anxiety is a reaction to a future real or perceived threat.
What is an anxiety attack?
An anxiety attack is an episode of an acute fear that is accompanied by a high degree stress response and strong symptoms, such as pounding and racing heart, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, tingling, feeling it is out of control, and others.
For more information, see our anxiety attack symptoms article.
What is anxiety disorder?
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This is normal. Anxiety becomes a disorder when anxiety or its symptoms interfere with a normal lifestyle. There are many types of anxiety disorder, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias.
For more information about, see our Anxiety Symptoms article.
Why is mental illness on the rise?
Research has identified many reasons why mental illness is on the rise. For instance, increased parental pressures, increased adoption of electronic media, increased divisive views, increased violent programming, social media pressure and isolation, poor or reduced sleep, increased financial pressure, and so on.
For more information, see our article “Why Is Mental Illness On The Rise.”
Can you have symptoms of anxiety without feeling anxious?
Yes, you can have symptoms of anxiety without feeling anxious. Five of the most common reasons include:
- You may not be aware you are an anxious person.
- You may not be aware of some of the behaviors that create anxiety and symptoms.
- Effects of chronic stress.
- Other sources of stress can create anxiety-like symptoms.
- Side effects of medication can mimic anxiety symptoms.
For more information, see our article "Can you have symptoms of anxiety without feeling anxious?"
How can I help my child (daughter) overcome her issues with anxiety?
Another website said that anxiety isn't harmful. Is that correct? Is anxiety harmful?
My doctor said that anxiety and depressive disorders are caused by a biological problem or chemical imbalance problem in the brain? He also said that this biological or chemical imbalance problem is genetically caused. Is this true?
Thanks to your information, I just realized that my anxious behavior is teaching my children to be anxious, too. I see them doing the same kinds of things I used to when I was a child. This breaks my heart. As a parent with young children, how can I help them overcome their anxiety issues when I’m just starting to work on my own?
Can anxiety cause dizziness?
Yes, anxiety and the stress anxiety causes can both cause dizziness symptoms. In fact, it's reported that psychiatric disorders are the second most common cause of chronic dizziness, which is often referred to as Chronic Subjective Dizziness (CSD). For more information about anxiety dizziness symptoms.
I’ve been dealing with anxiety for a long time. I have a lot of the symptoms you list at your website. Many of my friends have anxiety, too, but they only have one or two symptoms. Is my anxiety different because I have so many symptoms, or do some people just get some symptoms whereas others get many? In other words, is it common for anxiety sufferers to get many symptoms or just one or two?
I've been experiencing brain zaps and electric shock symptoms. I'm taking Xanax and heard that Xanax can cause them. I also heard that anxiety can cause these symptoms. Can anxiety cause these symptoms, and if so, what can I do to get rid of them? And should I stop taking my medication right away?
I've been having a lot of symptoms, such as a tight feeling in my head, some tingling sensations in the back of my head, and I also feel like I’m trapped inside my mind. My test results all came back normal. Can this be anxiety? If so, what can I do to get rid of my symptoms?
I believe there is an advantage in working with a coach/therapist who had to overcome anxiety disorder himself. But since I don't live in Canada or the USA, can I still work with one of your coaches/therapists?
I'm looking for a good therapist. What makes your therapists different from other therapists?
Your website stresses the importance of seeking therapy to overcome anxiety disorder. Is there no hope, then, for people who can’t afford therapy?
I heard recently that dealing with addictions, such as alcoholism and drugs, could be dealt with the same way as anxiety disorder, since the underlying factors of addiction are similar to that of anxiety disorder. Is this true? If so, do any of your therapists help people with addictions?
If I work on my underlying factors, will my stress level come down to what has been its normal level (which has always been quite high) or will it reset to a lower state and then that becomes the new normal level?
If anxiety isn't caused by a biological problem with the brain or by a chemical imbalance in the brain, why does medication help some people with anxiety disorder?
I’ve been to numerous doctors and all have agreed my symptoms are related to anxiety. But I can’t stop worrying that I may have a more serious health condition. Should I go for further testing regarding my anxiety symptoms?
For more information about anxiety symptoms, visit our Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety page.
For more information about anxiety attack symptoms, visit our Anxiety Attack Symptoms page.
If you have questions about your anxiety symptoms or condition, the Recovery Support area of our web site has over 1000 answers to commonly asked questions about anxiety. If you don't find your question answered there, members can email us their questions and we'll answer them.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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