Stress is a natural part of day-to-day life. Relationships, family problems, work load, and other life situations and experiences all can produce pressure and stress, but for the most part we manage to cope with these stressors. For some of us, coping with stressand worry is often a difficult or a nearly impossible task. If stress overwhelms you then it can result in one or another form of an anxiety disorder.
One form of anxiety is expressed by exaggerated worry about everyday life events and an almost constant sense of dread, restlessness, and tension. The anxiety often becomes such a problem that it interferes with daily functioning and affects other areas of life, such as work and relationships. Another form is called panic disorder that includes a rapid and intense sense of fear can be so strong that it leads to physical symptomslike nausea, rapid heart beat, difficulty breathing, sweating, trembling, and feeling as if you might faint or do something to bring on embarrassment.
Anxiety conditions are very responsive to proper treatment. Treatment often includes a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and active relaxation training. Sometimes medication is a helpful part of treatment.
You can take the Anxiety Screening on this site to get an idea if your symptoms match one or another anxiety condition. Sometime high and temporary levels of situational stress result in various symptoms of anxiety, and may respond to relaxation exercises such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, self-hypnosis, and positive self-talk techniques.