What Is Anxiety?

What Is Anxiety Disorder?

Well, anxiety is any experience of sensations and thoughts, which are present when we perceive fear, but for many people it’s more than that.

We have all experienced it at one time or another and when it is appropriate, it forms part of one of our most important defense.

When anxiety is required it can produce miraculous physical and mental strength but when inappropriate it can cause phobias, panic disorder, multiple symptoms, post traumatic stress disorder and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The symptoms associated with anxiety disorder can range from mild shyness to extreme panic disorder. Symptoms can be varied; from dizziness or breathlessness to muscle tremors, digestive problems and headaches… the list is almost endless.

So How Does an Anxiety Disorder Form?

First of all, let me tell you this, anxiety disorders are not mental or physical illnesses, they are behavioral conditions, which means that they have developed as a result of a modification of YOUR thoughts and/or actions… they cannot form in any other way!

As the initial catalyst for your anxiety produced your initial anxious reaction, deep inside your brain changes were taking place, a learning process, which etches behavioral changes into your subconscious mind. In other words, the more anxious you became, the more your body and mind took on that new level of anxiety as the ‘normal’ level for you.

It may be that this affects you mostly when you have to make speeches or go on stage but it may also be that you have noticed that your general anxiety level is intrusive, making you feel anxious when you shouldn’t.

Regardless of what level of inappropriate anxiety you experience, if the anxiety isn’t appropriate to the situation you are in, you have an anxiety disorder.

Obsessions are a symptom of anxiety disorder as are panic attacks and phobias… if you remove the underlying inappropriate anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and obsessions cannot exist. FACT!

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