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Anxiety

Anxiety

More About Anxiety

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Anxiety may be caused by a mental condition, a physical condition, the effects of drugs, or from a combination of these.

Causes Of Anxiety

  • Stress at work
  • Stress from school
  • Stress in a personal relationship such as marriage or friendships
  • Financial stress
  • Stress from an emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one, a natural disaster, victimization by crime, physical abuse or sexual abuse (for example, acute stress disorder or post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Stress from a serious medical illness
  • Side effects of medication
  • Intoxication (being “high” on) with an illicit drug, such as cocaine or amphetamines
  • Withdrawal from an illicit drug, such as opiates (for example, heroin) or from prescription drugs like Vicodin, benzodiazepines, or barbiturates
  • Symptoms of a medical illness
  • Lack of oxygen: In circumstances as diverse as high altitude sickness, emphysema, or pulmonary embolism (a blood clot with the vessels of the lung)

Symptoms Of Anxiety

  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sense of choking
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or other stomach upset
  • Dizziness
  • A feeling of being detached from the world (derealization)
  • Being unable to think, feeling as if the mind has gone blank
  • Fear of dying
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chills or hot flashes

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