Anxiety is an emotion, expressed through a sense of uneasiness before an important event, usually with unexpected outcomes such as a job interview, a test. Anxiety is therefore the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations. In normal levels, anxiety is a healthy feeling, as it helps us prepare for unknown situations by staying alert and aware.
However, people suffering from an anxiety disorder experience high levels of anxiety, which can be overwhelming and debilitating to the point of interfering with the person’s ability to lead a normal functioning life. Anxiety disorders are a type of mental illness that keeps people from sleeping, focusing on daily activities, socialising. This is due to the person feeling constant, irrational worry and disproportionate fear. This disorder can become uncontrollable, as it leads to serious physical and psychological effects.
Anxiety disorders develop from the contribution of several factors like:
Family history of anxiety or other mental health issues
History of trauma, such as child abuse or exposure to violence, increases the risk of developing an anxiety-related condition.
Substance abuse: alcohol, drugs or prescription medication misuse can cause changes in the brain chemistry that may trigger or intensify anxiety.
Chemical imbalances and side effects of certain medications
It is common for people who suffer from anxiety to self-medicate or misuse alcohol or drugs in an attempt to find a way to copy with their symptoms. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol, drug abuse or other forms of addiction, while also experiencing anxiety symptoms, Please feel free to reach out to us.