Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. In this post I will be discussing the different levels of anxiety, how to recognize them as well as ways you can overcome each level.
1. Low-level Anxiety
Low-level anxiety is a different level of anxiety. It can be caused by a variety of factors, but what it means is that you’re feeling anxious about something, but it’s not really impacting your life in any major way.
Your heart might beat just a little faster than normal, but that’s the extent of it. You might feel a little bit nervous about something, but nothing more than that.
You may notice that your body tenses up when you’re around certain people or places (like a party), but only for a moment. You can handle it without much trouble—and afterwards, you don’t really think about it anymore.
This type of anxiety is often referred to as “first-world” anxiety because it feels like something that should be taken care of right away by someone else—like someone who has their own first-world problems would take care of it for you! The truth is that these kinds of things are just part of life—we all have things that make us uncomfortable or uneasy sometimes—but they aren’t necessarily the end of the world either.
2. High-level Anxiety
High-level anxiety is a different type of anxiety than low-level anxiety. High-level anxiety is when you have an extreme response to a stressful situation and your body reacts with physical symptoms.
High-level anxiety can be a result of a panic attack, but it doesn’t always have to be. You may experience high-level anxiety in situations like flying or public speaking, where you feel as though you are unable to control your reaction or emotions. This can cause severe stress on your body and make you feel like you are having a heart attack, even though there is nothing physically wrong with you.
You may also experience high-level anxiety when faced with stress that lasts longer than expected.
3. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a level of anxiety that is characterized by an overall sense of worry and dread. Additionally, people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder experience physical symptoms as well, including fatigue, muscle tension, headache, and upset stomach.
People who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder experience their symptoms all the time. They don’t just feel anxious when they’re in a stressful situation—they feel anxious all the time. This can lead to depression and other problems if left untreated.
4. Panic Disorder
Panic Disorder is a level of anxiety. It is a disorder that causes sudden and repeated attacks of terror, fear, or apprehension that are not linked to any apparent cause.
People with panic disorder may feel like they are having a heart attack or going crazy. They also may have nausea, sweating and trembling. Panic attacks can occur at any time, even during sleep.
Panic attacks can be disruptive and disabling to one’s daily functioning, causing significant distress for the person experiencing them. The symptoms of panic attacks can be extremely distressing, leading people to avoid certain situations or environments where they fear the attack may occur again.
The fears associated with panic attacks can easily lead to further stress and anxiety, creating a vicious cycle and making it difficult to cope with normal day-to-day life events.
5. Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is an intense fear of social situations. It can be debilitating, but it is certainly treatable. The main symptom of social anxiety disorder is an intense fear of being judged by others in social situations. This fear can cause someone to avoid certain social situations altogether, or even just certain people within a given situation.
The symptoms often begin in childhood and are characterized by extreme shyness, difficulty making eye contact with other people, and avoiding any situation where they might be expected to speak in front of others.
The person experiencing social anxiety disorder will have negative thoughts about themselves or the situation they are in, and may feel embarrassed or humiliated when they think that someone could see them doing something embarrassing or humiliating themselves. They will also tend to have trouble making friends and finding romantic partners because they worry that their significant other will reject them if they don’t make sure everything goes perfectly every time they’re together (which is impossible).
6. Obsessive compulsive disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder that presents with two primary symptoms: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or mental images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate, causing marked anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform to reduce the distress caused by the obsessive thoughts.
These behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing anxiety or distress, or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however these activities are usually not logically connected to the issue they attempt to address.
People who suffer from OCD can experience many other problems in addition to their obsessions and compulsions. Often they will have rigid rules about things like organizing items in a certain way, performing certain actions a specific number of times each day (e.g., saying a word repeatedly), being excessively clean/organized, hoarding objects excessively, etc. They mayalso avoid situations where they fear contact with germs (e.g., public restrooms), touch, dirt etc.
Phobias are a level of anxiety that occurs when your brain misinterprets a situation as dangerous. The fear response kicks in, and you experience symptoms like fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, and trembling.
The fear response is a normal human response to danger. It helps protect us from harm by preparing us to fight or flee. When this system works correctly, you should feel afraid only when there’s a real threat.
But sometimes our brains misfire and cause phobias—an extreme fear of things that aren’t dangerous at all. For example, some people are afraid of heights even though they aren’t being hurt by being high up. Others have an extreme fear of dogs even though they aren’t being attacked by dogs every day or still others have a phobia of elevators because they’ve been stuck in one with no way out before (or something similar).
8. Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after you’ve experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, frightening thoughts and feelings, and physical reactions to situations that remind you of the event.
Most people who have experienced trauma will not develop PTSD. However, anyone who has been through an extremely stressful event can develop some of the symptoms of PTSD. This includes war veterans and victims of rape or sexual assault, natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes, terrorism, child abuse or neglect and many other types of violence.
In addition to experiencing the symptoms listed above, someone with PTSD may feel detached or estranged from those around them. They may withdraw from family and friends and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may also experience insomnia or sleep too much.
9. Agoraphobia anxiety
It is the fear of being in places or situations where escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or help might not be available in the event of panic symptoms.
People with agoraphobia are often also diagnosed with panic disorder, as they are afraid of having a panic attack outside their home. Agoraphobia is not to be confused with claustrophobia, which is the fear of being enclosed in small spaces.
Agoraphobia can develop after a person has experienced one or more panic attacks and/or had panic disorder for some time. The individual then begins to associate being in certain situations with the onset of another attack. This causes them to avoid those situations, even if they previously enjoyed them (e.g., going out with friends). The phobic avoidance can become so extensive that people may not leave their homes for days or weeks at a time.
10. Severe anxiety
Severe anxiety is a level of anxiety that can be so intense or incapacitating that it interferes with your ability to function. Severe anxiety disorder, or severe anxiety, is the most severe level of anxiety and can cause a variety of symptoms. Severe anxiety is not just one specific disorder: It can appear as a symptom of many conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
A person with severe anxiety can be so incapacitated by fear that it may interfere with his ability to function in daily life. He may experience extreme physical reactions such as rapid heartbeat, trembling and sweating — even when there is no imminent threat present. If you have severe anxiety you may be afraid of things others don’t find threatening at all.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that different levels of anxiety can have different effects. Ongoing or severe anxiety may require medical help. Mild anxiety may not need medical attention, but it is still important to be mindful of. Check out this article for more resources to help prevent and deal with anxiety.
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