Have you ever had a similar worry or experience in your life？
As the exam approached, I felt my heart pounding more and more, and sometimes I could not sleep well.
When you first enter the workplace, you always worry about making mistakes, and even get into a dilemma when you welcome your job promotion.
Obviously two people love each other well, always worry about what happens to the other half.
1.Understanding of anxiety
Anxiety, generally speaking, refers mainly to the psychological state of worry or fear.
A life completely free of any anxiety may not exist; A certain degree of anxiety, stimulating our motivation and momentum, help us to work towards our goals, good for life.
The criteria for an anxiety disorder may be met only when anxiety reaches a certain level of severity.
If we define a state of complete absence of any anxiety, of calm mind, as "no anxiety."
The vast majority of friends in the event of the above mentioned, the expression of temporary worry/entanglement/fear and other emotions, belongs to the situation of anxiety, most of them are in the absence of anxiety and anxiety disorders, are our life struggle on the road must be the source of power.
2.How to distinguish normal anxiety from pathological anxiety?
When anxiety reaches a certain level, it not only loses its beneficial qualities, but can actually backfire, leading to pain and discomfort and reduced productivity.
So, what are the characteristics of pathological anxiety? Specifically, it is mainly manifested in the following aspects:
First, the worry/fear emotion has no definite and fixed object, or is obviously too much beyond the reality (such as feeling flustering or even just feeling a heartbeat, worrying that one is going to die suddenly), or the anxiety persists after the relevant objective problem has been eliminated.
Second, pathologic anxiety can have physical symptoms in addition to emotional experiences.
It can be fidgeting, pacing back and forth, yelling, shaking; It can also be manifested as sweating, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, dysphagia, chest sulking, shortness of breath, dyspnea, frequent urination, sleep disorders and other symptoms.
Third, pathological anxiety can lead to obvious painful feelings and significantly reduce the efficiency of individuals in daily life, work, study and other aspects.
Pathological anxiety, generally both the emotional experience of anxiety and the physical symptoms, is serious and brings obvious pain and negative effects on daily life, showing a persistent/recurring trend.
If only the experience of anxiety, or only the physical symptoms, can not be directly defined as pathological anxiety.
3.What about anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorder, a medical diagnostic term, needs to be made by a psychiatrist after professional evaluation, with rigorous diagnostic criteria and requirements.
In general, the diagnosis of anxiety disorder requires that, in addition to the basic manifestations of pathologic anxiety described above, the duration of symptoms is greater than or equal to 6 months, and that these symptoms are not caused by physical or other psychiatric disorders.