There are several common types of anxiety problems, each with its own distinct features:
- An intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as being terrified of heights.
- A fear of embarrassing yourself in public or worry that someone will judge you negatively.
- General ongoing worry and a constant feeling of uneasiness and difficulty relaxing.
- Ongoing thoughts and feelings associated with a traumatic event.
- Persistent thoughts that get replayed over and over again.
- Engaging in repetitive behaviours (e.g., counting or washing hands many times) that seems to help stop the anxiety.
- Sudden feelings of terror that may include a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness and fear of having a heart attack or stroke, or that one is going "crazy".
If left unchecked, anxiety can increase in intensity, become overwhelming, cause a lot of distress, and interfere with daily activities.
Learning how to manage anxiety before it gets out of hand can help prevent it from getting in the way of things you want to do. If you think you may be struggling with anxiety, don't wait to get help.