Anxiety can be a crippling condition, or a milder feature of another disorder. Either way, the effects of anxiety are significant. Often, anxiety goes untreated and can be rationalised as ‘normal’ or ‘transient’. This can occur in relation to specific objects or things such as in phobias, social situations, or more generally and often. Anxiety disorders can also develop into panic, which involves exaggerated and abrupt feelings of intense fear or intense discomfort.
If anxiety forms part of another condition, it can often co-occur (i.e. exist as a separate condition alongside another condition such as depression), or more commonly it can indicate that something else is going on behind the scenes. This is often the case in individuals who have experienced trauma, and in these cases, anxiety is often the outward expression of internal distress and discomfort relating to stress, trauma or adversity to name a few.
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