Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic. Most people feel anxious, panicky or fearful about situations in life, such as money problems or exams but often once the difficult situation is over, you feel better and calmer. Sometimes the feelings of fear or anxiety continue after the difficult situation or sometimes you may feel a stronger sense of fear than other people and this is when anxiety becomes a problem and can affect you doing everyday things.
~ http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people/whats_worrying_you/anxiety/what_is_anxiety ~
My diagnoses of Anxiety is a Generalised Anxiety Disorder. If I get worried about something, then I can feel my heart start to race up, my hands can become quite sweaty, I become light headed, and my breathing becomes irregular. This is what they call an Anxiety attack.
Anxiety is not just your average worrying, though. It’s worrying over things that can be silly, and many times irrational. I basically risk assess everywhere I go mentally. So say I’m going for a walk, I think of my exact route through, knowing exactly where I’m going, I will then think of every way possible, both sensible and ludicrous things that can happen to me, and how I will deal with this.
Just because I might not look like I am a person who has Anxiety, does not mean I don’t have it. Lots of things happen behind closed doors, and a smile can hide millions of problems from the inside. Sometimes Anxiety Attacks don’t have any rhyme or reason for coming on, they just do. You could be sitting there and suddenly your brain can jump from 0 to 60 in a second, and worry about everything and anything. Then the heart starts speeding up, and so on and so forth.
My name is Chelsea, and I have Anxiety.
~Monsters Living In My Mind~