Could You Actually Have An Anxiety Disorder?
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Could You Actually Have An Anxiety Disorder?

Chances are, you’ve felt a bit of anxiety
at one point or another. Maybe before you started a new job or before
you got surgery, but some people live with anxiety disorders, which are much more persistent
and severe than normal feelings of anxiety or nervousness. Almost 30% of adults will be affected by these
conditions in their lifetime. Which begs the question, what are
anxiety disorders anyway? People with anxiety disorders frequently experience
feelings of excessive fear, worry and panic in normal, everyday life. They may be grocery shopping and suddenly
feel a wave of terror for no reason at all. Their heart rate skyrockets. Their breathing quickens. Adrenaline pumps through their body. They eventually calm down, but it isn’t
always momentary attacks like that. Oftentimes, it’s persistent, hard to control
fear that affects people’s everyday lives. This anxiety and the coupling symptoms like
trouble concentrating, fatigue and even gastrointestinal problems, are very difficult to deal with. As with all mental illnesses, anxiety is not
just an overreaction or a personal weakness. There is science backing up these diseases,
so telling someone to relax or let it go can be pretty insulting. These conditions are deeply rooted and it’s
not that easy. Anxiety is believed to start in the amygdala,
the brain’s so-called “fear center”, where emotions are processed. Neurotransmitters then alert the sympathetic
nervous system of the perceived threat. This is when muscles tense, heart rate and
breathing speed up, and blood flow is rerouted away from abdominal organs and towards the
brain. This is our body’s fight-or-flight response,
or it’s way of telling us we’re in danger. This bodily response is what happens whenever
anyone feels panicked, but brains with anxiety disorders experience something a little different. These conditions are characterized by differences
in neuroendocrine, neurotransmitter and neuroanatomical functions. To put it simply, these people’s brains
function differently. They also appear to have unbalanced activity
levels in different parts of the brain. More activity in emotional centers versus
higher cognitive centers. Some of these abnormalities are so major that
they can be seen on brain scans. While the exact causes of anxiety disorders
aren’t fully understood, there are a number of things that can increase your risk of developing
one. If you’ve been through a serious trauma,
you’re more likely to develop an anxiety disorder. Genetics, certain personality types and other
pre-existing conditions have also been linked to these illnesses. Regardless of what may have caused the onset
of an anxiety disorder, there are a number of different types you can have. General excessive, uncontrollable nervousness
is called generalized anxiety disorder. Agoraphobia is extreme fear of being trapped
and unable to escape. The fear of being embarrassed in social situations
is social anxiety disorder. Panic disorder comes with extreme sudden panic
and impending doom. Specific phobias, of things like heights and
snakes, are also considered anxiety disorders. About 30% of people with anxiety disorders
go through life without seeking treatment. But as horrible as these conditions are, they
are treatable. Benzodiazepines and antidepressants are commonly
used to treat anxiety. Talking to a therapist is very helpful too. CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy reduces
anxiety by creating a new way of thinking, reacting and behaving. Those with anxiety disorders are advised to
avoid alcohol, drugs and caffeine and to exercise regularly. Other self-care techniques like meditating
and yoga can be effective in lessening anxiety too. And remember, there’s no shame in seeking
help to improve your mental health. You wouldn’t be ashamed of a broken wrist,
would you? Exactly. What do you do to calm yourself down when
you’re feeling anxious or tense? Let us know in
the comments.

100 thoughts on “Could You Actually Have An Anxiety Disorder?

  1. Hello friends, thank you for watching! If you want to know more about mental illness, check out our video on depression:

  2. I once spent two hours crouching in our corner, too terrified of criminals to even run get my phone 5 feet away. Needless to say, I had no reason to be scared. My ankles hurt so bad afterword.

  3. Anxiety Happened to Me On (December 5 2018) my mind started to Change i started to Be Afraid Of Anything
    Loss Of Appetite,I Dont Dream,Negative Thoughts,Depressed
    But 2 Months Now I Feel Still Same With Negative Thoughts But Some Went Away

  4. I’m always afraid people judge me when I walk down the hallway. I talk loudly in class but instantly regret it and just want to curl up and disappear. I feel like everyone hates me and I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with me… do I have an anxiety disorder? I’m not too sure…

  5. Lol, one time I got my ankle run over by a car and now I all of a sudden love the person who did it. ( I'm not joking ) Does anyone out there have any sort of wisdom to make me believe I'm not out of my mind?!

  6. I think that I have social anxiety because I feel as though everyone is staring at me and they hate me so I hide my face as much as possible.

  7. I don't have anxiety disorders, but when I once opened my curtains (there is a patio that I can see through this window and sometimes there is people outside) I think I had a panic attack, I felt watched and I tried to hide from the window and just started crying and breathing heavily. I still hate that window

  8. I have anixety Like if I'm like 10 mins until I'm late I would go crazy..but I got into class bruh I walked Soo fast that I was about to have a break down

  9. I have a major fear of music. Yeah. I went to a funfair with my family and had major pains in my stomach and started crying so hard i didnt realise people were looking. I managed to calm down when i found out exactly what music was being played. It was scary..

  10. I believe I have an anxiety disorder when I see creepy images that aren’t there then I hear the image talking to me

  11. I have an anxiety disorder and everytime my teachers tell me my grades my heart races and I start shaking uncontrollably. But once I see my grades even if there’re bad I feel so relived

  12. I have a terrible anxiety disorder. It's kind of a fear of the dark or the unknown. But no one knows and I simply live with it…probably a bad idea…

  13. I'm happy that i don't have anxiety (i think) but i can't deal with people staring at me even if they're not and it sucks cause i think they're judging me which they probably aren't, but it's probably just an irrationally fear lol

  14. Everyone that has really bad anxiety learn to have self discipline and you would not care what others think

  15. I think I have a disorder, but my family has said it could just be puberty so I’m waiting it out

  16. Whats the difference between stress or being overwhelmed and anxiety disorder… Im always stressing over something and I feel like I can't fix my own problems because Im being overwhelmed by them

  17. I have an Anxintey Disorder I'm 10 me figured it out when I was 8. It always is with you not when your just anxious. You get anxious all the time for me. I have to use the restroom. It's also happens at random times I get all of them I take greenstone for my ADHD and Axintey but I always have Caffine.

  18. Am I the only one who clears my history in different websites such as YouTube or Google because I'm scared that someone might see it then judge me till I die and our friendship might end even if I'm just watching many Gaming and Educational videos and doing nothing wrong?

  19. Hi i am 27
    I am from sudan Africa
    I have social anxiety and here the community doesn't consider anxiety as an illness and it was severe and very noticeable people just advise you to read Quran and go to a priest to read Quran to treate you thinking this is the devil making you ill so i cant say to anyone that i have anxiety
    No treatment
    Not even a diagnosis
    I learned about anxiety searching the web

  20. I have a mild anxiety disorder. It’s mainly about my grades. Like, I’ll be doing something like, drawing, and I’ll just randomly be like, “I hope I didn’t get a c. If I got a c I’m going to freak out”, because when I get c’s in school, I do freak out. But I don’t know. I’m just a 12 year old.

  21. I just want to point out you didn’t mention performance anxiety (I have been diagnoses with that and social anxiety)

  22. I get anxious a lot. I don’t usually hyperventilate or anything ,but my heart hurts sometimes. Music helps me a lot too. Sometimes painting helps, but most of the time when I do feel anxious I can’t paint so that stinks.

  23. Once I cried and wanted to scream my guts out in the corner of me room cuz I couldn't awnser a math equation,the same happens with the most smallest things,like not finding a FORKING LENSE FOR GLASSES FOR A TABLE GAME,THAT I DIDNT EVEN NEED AT THE TIME

  24. Blocko: You may have felt a little anxiety once in your life


    help me.

  25. I remember we we're watching the Gladiator in class ( I was 13) and I was and still am really afraid of really bloody, violent movies. I literally had a panick attack in class and everyone was telling me not to"ExCaGeRatE" and I was stilllll having that panick attack!

  26. I have anxiety disorder.
    Now I quit job. live in parents house😣
    My condition is really bad, but I leaning about this illness.
    This video help me.

  27. social anxiety
    1. cant use my ipad or most of my apps in public
    2. cant listen to music loudly
    3. cant use girl skins in fortnite because i feel like my parents are judging me
    4. cant talk about anything
    5. cant order food at a bar when my parents give me money
    6. cant text in public

  28. Natural Nasal Breathing Pushes the Body System towards a ( Calm Parasympathetic Response ), and away from Fight , Freeze or Anxious Tendencies. peace 🎼🎧🎼👌

  29. I don’t think I have the disorder because I don’t get panic
    But I worry like every single day mostly it’s worrying about losing my loved ones

  30. My doctor said I have ADHD which comes with anxiety disorders and depression and I’m not sure which one my anxiety disorder is it’s one where he Chyna think the words like them somehow like I’m like a hypochondriac and I hate feeling pressure and I always like am on high alert

  31. Next time I got the doctor I’m gonna ask to see if I got social anxiety because when ever I’m at school and at home or anywhere I feel like everyone hates me and thinks of me as a person that is not good enough

  32. I have eco anxiety and cannot focus read or do anything for some periods of time because of dark thoughts. I also have a cycle where I go from being empty and having no emotion and then I rage and then I feel extremely guilty about things I did not even do. The worst part is that I hold it in and I feel worse and worse every time

  33. If you are having anxiety just no nothing last forever everything is going to be ok I usally actually do the counting and try to relax

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  35. This video speaks the truth. Anxiety is no joke. Phobias, many phobias, form. Many people don't understand and do think those who really have the disorder are being dramatic. And some of those people can be very if not extremely ignorant. I almost had a stroke one year due to the amount of aniexty and stress. Tummy problems can also occur and can be absolutely horrible. And yes, caffeine can be your worst enemy, try switching to decaf or drink some chamomile tea with lavender. Anything lavender can be so calming. Music is great. If you suffer from social aniexty try wearing your favorite sunglasses outdoors and if you know you have to be indoors try to start the day off with some good meditation before leaving the house. Keep a journal to write out your thoughts in. Surround yourself with positive friends and family. And treat yourself good. When you treat yourself good you start feeling better about yourself and vice versa and some of the worries that burden you will start lifting little by little off your shoulders. Stay strong, peeps.

  36. Instant cure… Xanax as it’s the best benzodiazepine for anxiety that helps with focusing while klonapin is the best benzo for sleep.

    Using ssris is dumb cuz they help with depression by reducing it over 10%, they barely do anything for anxiety same with depression.

    Long term healthy cure: dr bergs healthy ketogenic diet and cbd oil! Only downside is it’s expensive.

  37. When I'm anxious, I keep reminding myself that chest tree isnt real. It ISNT REAL. It CANT HURT ME, ITS NOT REAL…

  38. I just realised I have social anxiety wow
    What I real is everyone is staring at me and in a change room I just can’t change in them.

  39. I mean, I did have a mental breakdown (uncontrollable sobbing, confusion, and anger) when my 2 year old sister stole half my crossiant. Stress? No, I was in 6th grade, not too much going on. Was pressure being built up on me by someone else? I don't know! I don't think that's anxiety but I really need answers on why that happened to me.

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