It is considered normal to undergo some nervousness, edginess and tension prior to taking an examination, giving an interview or doing something important. However, when such tenseness prevails over a period; gets in the way of your routine activities; obstructs your sleep and makes you feel agitated then, it is not normal. This state is generally known as ‘anxiety.’
Types of Anxiety
Anxiety is normally experienced when things do not go as planned. When you anticipate something but the result is opposite than that of your expectations, you are bound to feel some stress and tension. But when this stress continues to exist, it gets transformed into anxiety. One fact about anxiety, mood disorder is that those who suffer from it gradually lose control over their worries and are always in a state of worry and fear. Anxiety is of numerous types. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Phobia also known as Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are some broad types of stress or anxiety.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GAD is experienced when anxiety extends over long periods of time and when you agonize over petty issues for no specific reason. People who undergo this anxiety are concerned about their work, health, family and are unable to control their tensions. OCD sufferers suffer from the need to check or do some particular thing over and over again. For e.g. some victims of OCD wash their hands numerous times to make sure they’re perfectly clean; some have the habit of checking doors before going out; some feel the need to repeat things several times etc. This obsession is not easy to control.
Those who have Panic Disorder have impulsive panic attacks that prolong for a while or situations of stress. These attacks are experienced due to some fear. People who have this order often find difficulty in doing their routine chores as such attacks can happen at any time. One interesting thing about anxiety of this type is that it is more common among women than men. People become victims of PTSD after going through some dangerous or perilous incident. These people continue to stay afraid even when they are out of danger. Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia is the terror of being critiqued by people.
People who suffer from this anxiety often have trouble in doing their daily routine work as they have a constant fear of being assessed by others and of getting embarrassed. Another thing about anxiety of this kind is that its sufferers are aware of the fact that they should not worry about such things, but still they cannot control it.
There are many ways to break down anxiety. One of them is using herbal supplements for anxiety. Passionflower, St.John’s Wort and Kava are some of the effectual herbs used to treat anxiety. Pills of these herbs are also available and are excellent herbal supplements for anxiety. Some other herbal supplements for anxiety are Valerian and Skullcap tablets. If you are a prey of anxiety then do try these supplements after consulting from your doctor.