Mental illness can be confusing… and anxiety is no exception.
It’s not surprising to know that many people are desperately searching for answers on the internet every day. Here are some of the most google searched questions about anxiety… and the answers.
Is anxiety a mental illness?
Everyone experiences anxiety at some time. This is normal and surprisingly, it can actually be useful! Experiencing anxiety in moderation, due to stress-causing factors, does not mean you have a mental illness.
However, if you have an anxiety disorder then this is something different altogether and the answer is yes. You can check my post – The Difference Between Being Anxious And Having An Anxiety Disorder – for more information.
Anxiety disorders include a number of conditions such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias. Any form of anxiety disorder, which has a significant impact on your life, is absolutely a mental illness.
Why does anxiety occur?
There is no obvious answer to this question, which is probably why so many people are searching for it – it’s confusing!
Whilst nobody knows for sure what causes anxiety problems, it is likely that there are a range of factors involved. This can include past experiences or trauma, your current life situation, other physical and mental health problems or the side effect of drugs and medication.
Will anxiety go away?
You certainly don’t have to suffer alone. Help is out there! There are a range of treatments available for those suffering with anxiety disorders, such as talking therapies and medication. It’s important to speak to your GP and decide together what’s best to try.
Will anxiety medication help me?
Sadly, there is not a universal fix. There is evidence to suggest the effectiveness of different medications for anxiety, but what works well for some, might not work as well for others. You need to keep trying different treatment methods until you find what works for you.
Will anxiety kill me?
When you experience intense feelings of anxiety or panic attacks, the symptoms can be so severe that it can make you feel as though you’re really going to die. You won’t. Whilst palpitations, flushing skin and dizziness (to name a few) are horrible and unpleasant – it will not kill you.
Is anxiety genetic?
Every search result on google will give you a different answer to this one. Research suggests that having a close relative with an anxiety disorder does increase your chances of experiencing anxiety problems yourself. However, there is still not enough evidence to prove whether this is because of genetics, or because we learn behaviours and thinking patterns from those around us, as we grow up.
How does anxiety feel?
Anxiety feels different for everyone. It is an intense feeling of panic or worry. Although a mental illness, you may experience physical effects such as nausea, stomach ache and migraines too.
I am not a medical professional. This post is written based on my own knowledge, opinions and lived experience with anxiety. It’s #timetotalk #timetochange and time to #endthestigma