Is the unpleasant feeling that someone gets when they are faced with challenges and situations they are worried about. Feeling anxious for short periods of time,from time to time is is normal and can help you do well.
Signs of anxiety can include: sweating,shaking,a racing heart,fast breathing,tight muscles,an urge to go the toilet,hot and cold flushes and difficulty concentrating.
Anxiety can be a problem if you are worried much of the time,feel tired, have difficulty concentrating,feel irritable, have tight muscles, and or not sleeping well.
Most times people with anxiety disorder are reluctant to seek help because they are embarrassed, shy and avoid being with others.The following are the things that can help:
Psychological Treatments: Learning new ways of explaining feelings and different ways of thinking about behaviour.
Behavioural therapy: Is a combination of strategies that have been proven to work for people with anxiety disorders, which may include progressively coming to terms with a fear.
Practice relaxation techniques: When practised regularly relaxation techniques such as mindful meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing can reduce anxiety symptoms and increase feeling of relaxation and mental well being.
Family therapy may be useful depending on what the difficulties are.
Changes in environment may be helpful to deal with anxiety e.g.; change in school.
If you think you know someone with an anxiety disorder encourage them to get help as they would for a physical problem. Saying things like ‘don’t worry too much’ or ‘you don't have to be perfect’ will not be helpful.