Understanding Anxiety - What is it and when is it concerning?

Anxiety is a normal reaction that you experience during stressful, dangerous or even unfamiliar settings. It is an anticipatory feeling of uneasiness, dread or distress you feel towards an upcoming event or situation. Once the stressful/dangerous situation or the event in question has passed, your anxiety should ideally subside. However, if your anxiety remains or you start feeling anxious in situations that does not warrant such a reaction, it can be a cause for concern. This is especially true when it starts interfering or hinders how you function in daily life.

If this is you, You Are Not Alone!!

Anxiety along with depression are two of the most common mental illnesses in India with about 46 million people suffering from 1 or the other, or even both. It is therefore a necessity to address and tackle anxiety for the sake of our collective wellbeing.

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

There are a few types of anxiety disorders. You may have symptoms of 1 or more of these depending on your individual experiences and situation:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Persistent, excessive worry/anxiety with little or no rational reason. It can also affect daily life functioning. People living GAD can be in this state of stress for prolonged periods (months or even years).

Social Anxiety Disorder

Also known as Social Phobia, it is the feeling of fear/distress caused by social situations or the anticipation of such a situation/event. It may feel like everyone is judging you or that you might embarrass yourself. This may lead you to get over-conscious (about the way you look, how you speak etc.)

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorders include sudden, unexpected but frequent panic attacks that may not have a clear trigger. Those with a panic disorder may try to avoid situations that might trigger in fear of the next attack which can affect daily life as well as relationships. Not all those who have panic attacks will develop a panic disorder but it can happen if left unchecked.

Phobia-Related disorders

Phobias are intense fear or aversion to objects/situations. Some of these might be rational fears that have a potential for danger/distress. But this may be to a magnitude that can result in severe reactions or an avoidance of the object/situations in its entirety. This can include fear of heights, getting injections, enclosed spaces etc.

How Bright Ray can help you tackle anxiety

We offer Individualised therapy to address your unique needs. Our therapists will help you understand the root of your anxieties. You will be guided throughout as you learn new coping strategies that help you relieve your worries. Taking part in therapy will enable you to push away unnecessary fear that prevents your growth.


Frequently asked questions

1. What are the more common symptoms exhibited by people with Anxiety Disorders? +
Racing heart, excessive sweating, restlessness, irritability, IBS, lack of quality sleep, repetitive thoughts, adaptability issues, feeling of being out of control

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