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The subject matter of 'Anxiety' has become a widespread symptom among youth. Parents are so driven by their work that they hardly pay attention to their children. This problem/disorder is not just subjected to the youth but also to adults who face a multitude of problems every day which makes them nervous while socializing.
Anxiety in simple terms implies a feeling of worry or fear. In psychology, Anxiety is an emotion characterized by the feeling of tension, worrying thought & trauma. According to a statistical analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in 2016 stated that there were at least 268 million people who suffered this disorder and the numbers are increasing at a rapid pace. In India alone, one of every four Indians is affected by anxiety disorders.
An anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by feeling of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities.
Anxiety can be observed almost everywhere around us. Starting from a school going kid who is afraid of his results to an old man who is afraid of living his old age life all alone without any protection from his grown-up children. Youth are the worst sufferers. A questionable aspect of dealing with anxiety is what is considered normal versus excessive. There is a difference between everyday anxiety on experiences & having an anxiety disorder. Anxiety in itself is a natural reaction involving the human mind and body that is triggered when it feels endangered or threatened. An anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by feeling of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. Today's World is not what it was yesterday, for better or most decidedly, for worse. Teen pregnancies are on the rise and so are teen suicide rates. Teen bullying, physique, weight & appearance issues such as the envy of “Super Skinny” models are an epidemic amidst the youth of today. The physiological pain they put themselves through, either through sleep deprivation or with drugs & alcohol takes a toll on their mental health & hygiene. This causes extreme fear, panic attacks, sweating and nervous ticks to the victims when exposed to social events.
Anxiety is classified into four types: -
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worries & tension, even when there is little to nothing to be provoked about.
- Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder which is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop post exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal which a physical or mental assault happened or the subject was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, chronic sickness or military combat.
- Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder - It 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 or initiating a conversation, eating or drinking in front of others at its most severe form, a person can experience the symptoms almost every time they're around others or have to interact.
The social phobia is of great concern. There are students who don't feel confident speaking up on a stage and face the audience, Teens who feel insecure among people and thus avoid socializing. Parents must mold a healthy mental condition of their children so they don't have to suffer such stigma in their life & should be immediately taken care of as and when they notice such any such symptoms among their children. It’s essential for parents to remain calm, positive & constructive when confronting a child’s anxiety issues.
In addition to dealing with such issues, Seek proper medical advice as it can help make situation better. If you're unable to help then seek a psychiatrist or counselor for help. Educate yourself more on mental health and make this world a better place for everyone. Every bit helps, and the one in need never knows that they need help until they get some.
In Conclusion, I'd like to say to anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder that you are not inferior to others and that reaching out to your parents, a friend and a loved one would help boost up your confidence to defeat this challenge! Together we can make it.
Till then take care and keep spreading love and smiles :)