Everyone feels nervous before social engagements, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders are different. This group of mental illnesses can keep you from living your life normally due to constant and overwhelming fear or worry. Examples of anxiety disorders are panic attacks where overwhelming terror seems to strike at random, causing sweat, chest pain, and a feeling of having a heart attack. Another type of anxiety is social phobias where you feel highly self-conscious as though everyone is judging you, when facing everyday social situations.
All anxiety disorders share some general symptoms:
- Panic or fear
- Sleep difficulties
- Fidgeting constantly, unable to be calm
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath or heart palpitations
- Nausea or dizziness
When your life is compromised by anxiety, perhaps it is time to get help.