A severe anxiety disorder is a condition characterized by a group of illnesses: panic disorders, phobias, generalized anxiety symptoms, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders. It is essentially a mental disease that manifests itself in both psychological and physical symptoms.
If an individual suffers from such anxiety disorders, then their condition often involves symptoms such as disturbance in sleep patterns, excessive or unrealistic worrying, flashbacks of past traumas and unpleasant experiences, unrealistic fears concerning situations or scenarios, rigid behaviors in response to anxieties, muscle aches, trembling, sweating, shakiness, dizziness, clammy/cold hands, jitters, fatigue, tension, nausea, dry mouth, racing heart, tingling/numbness in feet, hands or other parts of the body, and a high pulse or breathing rate.
Adding to this extensive list, those suffering from severe anxiety disorders are usually apprehensive and tense and almost expecting bad situations to occur to themselves and their loved ones or themselves. This often causes them to be irritable, impatient, and become distracted and immersed in their own negative thoughts. Suffice it to say, individuals with severe anxiety usually suffer from excessive or unrealistic stress and anxieties and are almost always in tension about life circumstances.
If you have a friend or relative suffering from severe anxiety disorder, you should help by asking or helping them to minimize the stress catalysts and causes they have in life to as much as possible, instead of telling them to abruptly stop their normal activities, even if that’s at the core of the problem, as this suddenness of change can cause stress and anxiety as well.
These disorders are usually debilitating chronic situations that can occur from an early stage of life or can start all of sudden after a triggering incident. Whatever the cause of the problem, it needs to be dealt with. At first, treatment for the condition may be comprised of being prescribed some anti-depressants by the doctor and these may help the patient to feel better. In case the condition worsens the sufferer has to explore alternative options such as psychiatry or natural styled treatments to achieve a permanent solution.
The words fear and anxiety are generally used interchangeably, but clinically they have different meanings where fear is a physiological and emotional response to identify an outer threat where as anxiety is an unpleasing state of emotions where the cause is not recognized as unavoidable. Anxiety disorders involve both anxiety and fear.
People suffering from anxiety disorders also have two types of phobia. One is a social phobia and the other is a specific phobia. In social phobia the sufferer has a severe anxiety of being judged by others or of their behavior that can lead to embarrassing situations. This can cause profuse sweating, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
In case of specific phobia involves fear of flying, fear of animal, fear of height or fear of blood as some examples. The individual suffering from such severe anxiety disorder has improper and spontaneous fears and thus cannot live a normal life.