Fifty shades of anxiety


Illustration by Jillian Dames.

Ronee Fritcher, Staff Writer

Sure everyone has some sort of anxiety or nervousness but when it becomes a regular occurance it falls into the category of a mental illness. . Anxiety Disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses that lead to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry.Mental illnesses can be hereditary or can develop on its own. It attacks at random times and can greatly horrify the person it affects.

There are multiple different types of anxiety. The five types of anxiety are generalized anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and social anxiety.

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation – such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others – or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people.

There are many ways to treat anxiety, both natural and chemical. Exercise is a great way to burn off anxious energy and research tends to support this theory.

Meditation can help to slow racing thoughts, making it easier to manage stress and anxiety. A wide range of meditation styles, including mindfulness and meditation during yoga may help.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a derivative of the cannabis, or marijuana plant. Unlike other forms of marijuana, CBD oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the substance that creates a high. CBD oil is readily available without prescription in many alternative healthcare shop.

Doctors may administer medications such as xanax or lorazepam to help calm anxiety attacks. A doctor may also recommend seeing a therapist or psychiatrist. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the anxiety symptoms they should go see a doctor. Look out for certain symptoms, you could help ease somebody and their anxiety.