What Is Anxiety By laqu7864a
Anxiety is a psychological and physiological reaction to stress. It is a natural mechanism that prods one into action to cope with a difficult situation. Anxiety about exams makes students study. Anxiety about a loved one’s health may make us more caring. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or lasts for prolonged periods, it is called anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety is usually accompanied by symptoms such as stomach ache, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, head ache, chest pain, and heart palpitations. Outward signs may be trembling, sweating, turning pale, and dilating of pupils. Physiologically, these symptoms indicate that the body is readying itself to face some threat or gearing to prevent one’s indulgence in harmful behavior. But since immune and digestive systems cease to function normally,anxiety disorder can be a health disaster. Prolonged anxiety can also lead to insomnia. 

Anxiety disorder is usually accompanied with several emotional symptoms as well. Fear is the most significant among these. There is fear of dying, fear that symptoms like chest pain and headaches are symptoms of grave illness. Dread, apprehension and panic attacks in the extreme cases are common manifestations of fear. These panic attacks are accompanied with a very real perception of danger. 

Inability to concentrate may lead to feeling completely blank. Irritability, tenseness, restlessness, nightmares, déjà vu, and feeling scared of random things are other emotional symptoms. 

Types of anxiety disorders: 
* Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Unreasonable, persistent anxiety for no identifiable reason.
* Phobias: This is extreme fear of an object, situation, or activity. 
* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): It manifests itself in behavior and habits that seem impossible to control. 
* Separation Anxiety: Usually occurs in childhood. 
* Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder: Sudden overwhelming bouts of irrational fear characterized by an acute sense of danger.

Most physicians agree that anxiety disorder is a symptom of a stressful lifestyle. It is not a disease, and therefore, has no cure. One isn’t born with or doesn’t contract this illness. Rather, it is produced by our lifestyle–the way we live. It is a natural protective mechanism, and therefore, can never be eliminated. Anxiety becomes a disorder when a person gets physically and emotionally distraught because of it. 

There is medication in the market that can control anxiety symptoms. However, such medication is harmful in the longer run and must not be considered as cure. Anxiety can be controlled and overcome naturally. The following are some steps to take to reduceanxiety naturally:

* Increase Vitamin B and calcium intake. Inadequate intake of Vitamin B and calcium can worsen anxiety symptoms.
* Do plenty of exercise. Exercise relieves emotional stress and strengthens immune and digestive systems.
* Get some counseling. Talking to an expert will help identify the root cause of the disorder.
* Relaxation is a must. Remember: Anxiety is a reaction to stress. Relaxation techniques include regular muscle relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, and isometric relaxation exercise.
* Cognitive therapy, that is, self realization and reasoning with the self, may prove most beneficial.

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