Generalized anxiety disorder can be an enduring turmoil where you spend most of your time concerned that something might go wrong and anxiety disorders can also be caused by a reaction to a stressful life event.
An acute stress reaction is when anxiety symptoms develop within minutes or hours of the stressful event. This usually happens after an unforeseen life crisis such as a death. The symptoms of anxiety settle relatively quickly and treatment is not usually necessary.
Adjustment reaction is similar but develops sometime after a stressful situation such as a divorce; again the physical symptoms of anxiety usually improve after several weeks.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder happens after you witness or experience a traumatic event such as military combat or a major accident and it may take many years to develop. Anxiety disorder symptoms are only part of this disorder, as flashbacks, recurring thoughts, images, memories and dreams of the trauma will also replay themselves.
Phobias are a fear that is not in proportion to the real danger posed by whatever triggers it. Common phobias include spiders, enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) heights; blood, mice, injections and these can interfere with normal life.
If you are affected by anxiety attacks because of a social phobia you will be aware how complex these can be, meeting people, performing or speaking in public are impossible and will bring on anxiety attack symptoms.
Agoraphobia is the fear of the outdoors, various places, or crowds and is often associated with panic disorder where sufferers live in fear and the anxiety attack symptoms can be severe feeling like a wave of panic.
Separation anxiety is normal in babies up to eighteen months old and will usually pass as they develop.
Your physician will be able identify any physical or psychiatric illness and talk about treating anxiety with you and can also prescribe an anxiety medication but there are many self-help options as well.
Sitting around feeling helpless does not help you recover but there is always something you can do about it such as rocking. Rocking yourself backwards and forwards drains away tensions and helps to relax the body.
Another useful technique when you are feeling out of touch with reality is to touch a specific object as this diverts your thoughts from yourself and your anxiety. Cuddling up to a hot water bottle on your bed, running a hairbrush along the surface of your arm, or snapping an elastic band on your wrist will distract you from your anxiety.
Use your imagination to conjure up scents from the past, perfume, people, flowers and cooking odors. Anything that will allow your mind concentrate on something pleasant. You may also find that it helps to suck on an acid drop, sherbet lemon or strong mint.
Learn about color therapy and put it to work in your life, as studies in the USA have established that our moods are affected by color and if you illuminate a room with a certain color it can be more effective than any sedative or tranquilizer.
Although you may feel to exhausted to consider any sort of exercise it is excellent for working off the excess nervous energy that is making you feel jumpy, and on edge. You may feel uncomfortable at first because exercise speeds the heart rate and causes you to sweat and over breathe so that you may fear a panic attack, but gentle exercise cannot harm you. Why not put on some music and just move gently with the rhythm?