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Anxiety has both physiological components and psychological components. Anxiety is different than fear although people often report that anxiety and fear feel the same to them. Fear is the reaction to a present and threat where as anxiety is the reaction to stress or a future event.
Anxiety is a mood that does not seem to have an actual trigger like fear does. Anxiety can help people deal with stressful situations by helping them cope with the situation. When symptoms of anxiety take over a person's life and become excessive then they are like to have anxiety disorder.
People suffering from anxiety often have unrealistic worry that is out of proportion to what is currently happening in their life. Daily life for people with anxiety disorders becomes one constant worry filled with fear and apprehension.
Symptoms of anxiety can manifest into physical symptoms. The physical symptoms of anxiety include heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, headaches and stomachaches.
Anxiety triggers the body to prepare for the stress of a situation, which causes high blood pressure, an increase in sweating, increasing blood flow to the major muscle groups and it inhibits the digestive system. The bodies reaction is instinct based on the flight or fight response mechanisms in the brain.
Panic attacks are another symptom of anxiety. Panic attacks can be serious and debilitating. Some of the physical symptoms panic attacks mimic other issues and may lead people to believe something more serious is occurring, such as a heart attack.
The emotional symptoms of anxiety include feeling dread about something, difficulty concentrating, irritability, jumpiness and restlessness.
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