Anxiety is one of the major causes to affect a person’s way of living. In the US around 40 million adults age 18 or older have complaints of suffering from anxiety which is approximately 18.1% of the population every year and its numbers are increasing every day. It is highly dangerous as it can lead to depression and suicide, yet highly treatable. It is very important to identify depression in its early stages but most of the people fail to do so due to lack of knowledge. So, today we are going to talk about what is anxiety and its different types
Anxiety is a syndrome with psychologic and physiologic components.
Psychologic components include worry that is difficult to control, hyper-alert, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, sense of impending doom, excessive nervousness, and fear
Physiologic components include handshaking, fast heartbeat, mouth dryness, and upset stomach
There are different theories as to what causes anxiety
The psychodynamic theory posits that anxiety occurs when instinctual drives are thwarted while behavioral theory states that anxiety is a conditioned response to environmental stimuli originally paired with a feared situation and biologic theories implicate various neurotransmitters like GABA, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
As we have talked about what anxiety is, now we will talk about its presentation and its causes. Anxiety has many faces and different causes behind it and one of those types is post-traumatic stress disorder on which we will talk about in great detail today.
These disorders are characterized by severe anxiety symptoms and follow a threatening event that caused feelings of fear, helplessness, or horror. In PTSD, anxiety symptoms last for more than 1 month. Three key symptoms are re-experiencing of a traumatic event like dreams and flashbacks, avoidance of stimuli associated with trauma, and increased arousal. In some cases survivor guilt is present.
Childhood abuse is one of the most important causes of PTSD as it scars a person for all of its life. In everyday news we hear so much about childhood abuse in a developed country in the form of child labor. Childhood is the golden time in everyone’s life in which it’s their right to learn and grow without the stress of providing food to their family. Many studies show us that how child labor interfere physically, socially mentally. It is morally harmful to send a child for labor in which he is meant to learn, grow, and shape his mind. Many children face child abuse from their parents for studies too, it’s more commonly seen in Asian people
Lost Pregnancy can be very dangerous for a mother’s mental health and it can result in PTSD. It’s not easy to raise a human body inside your womb for 9 months, a mother has to go a lot of changes in her body and has to sacrifice a lot for the baby and when all of this goes into vain it can surely leave a very harmful impact on your mental health. A mother and her child’s bond has a very special place among all the other relationships and a mother can never resist separation from her child
Extreme violence or War is a pretty horrible thing to happen to anyone. Many war veterans still wake up from their sleep because of the memories of the war. The dreadful sight of blood, injured friends, and pain from the wound keeps them up at night and has messed up with their thought process.
Sexual assault and rape cases are increasing exponentially day by day, leaving the victim to suffer for their whole life both mentally and physically. The scars on the body of women from rape cases remind them every day of that incident, if not, our society fills the void by torturing them with their comments and it feels easy for them to leave this world as to face this world, making them suicidal.