We talk about Anxiety Disorders when:
- the anxiety response occurs to everyday stimuli that are not a real external threat but are experienced as such, such as going out into the street, getting on a bus full of people, remembering a fact from the past, etc. In other words, it has no apparent cause or the response is disproportionate to the stimulus,
- we respond to these stimuli in form of excessive worry, apprehension, future projection of negative consequences, feeling that something serious or terrible is going to happen, avoidance behaviors, uncontrolled fears...,
- we suffer irrational fears, intrusive feelings and diverse ideas about future calamities,
- this type of anxiety causes us an intense anguish, an unpleasant emotion, discomfort and difficulties for a normal and healthy vital functioning,
- the organism is in a state of alert and disproportionate activation that is exhausting.
Anxiety disorders cause physical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, headaches, anxiety, nervousness, tremor, muscle tension, tachycardia, gastric discomfort, sleep problems, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, concentration difficulties, memory loss, speech difficulties, etc.
In these situations you have to consult with a psychology professional.
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If you want to evaluate your level of Anxiety you can take the Anxiety Test.