Anxiety is a common emotion and may be a normal approach to the common problems of life - particularly in this day and age when so much occurs so quickly.

Healthy levels of anxiety occur when a mother is genuinely anxious about her child’s health, or someone may be anxious about a job interview. However, continued anxiety may be a sign that control of a situation has been lost, and neurotic symptoms may be promoted.

Panic, persistent anxiety, post traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias are types of anxiety disorders commonly found in our society.

The cause of a panic disorder and anxiety states is generally unknown. With panic, any simple task such as driving a car, working or getting out of bed can trigger an anxiety or panic attack. This prevents simple daily routines from taking place.

Persistent anxiety is often characterised by an overly anxious response to normal situations. This does not come on suddenly, but forms a part of an ongoing lifestyle when the anxiety state tends to intrude more and more into ones life.

Side effects from anxiety can be chronic irritability, tiredness, difficulty in concentration, insomnia, impatience and even repeated attacks of a mild form of panic.

Post Traumatic Stress can occur after the death of a loved one, or after an accident or disaster. Recurring dreams of the event are a feature of the disorder. A feeling of guilt of having been a survivor while others perished may be a trigger to this state of anxiety.

Anxiety states often resolve themselves as mysteriously as they begin. But if the disorder intrudes on one’s life, and persistent serious complications occur, a doctor should be consulted.

Treatment can take the form of counselling and simple medication or more involved psychotherapy may be involved. Whatever the treatment, the outcome usually is an anxiety-free, more relaxed life.

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