Understanding anxiety and how it can be helpful. Part I

This article has two parts. In this first part, we will talk about the concept of anxiety, the most common symptoms, and its causes.


Understanding anxiety

Anxiety is a state of agitation or restlessness that a person feels, it is like a state of alert for the person to be cautious. When anxiety appears at low levels, it is entirely normal and healthy since it allows the person to remain more active.

People can often express anxiety without reason, sometimes thinking about a situation and believing that the result will make the person feel fear. Suppose a person goes to the doctor and takes some tests and has to wait. In that case, they may think that something terrible will come out and begin to have a more significant concern than usual but not so severe to believe that they have a disorder.

Anxiety turns negative when it affects the person’s daily life. Someone with excessive worry and panic about what may happen has high stress, and if it also accompanies headaches. Not only the mental health of the person is affected, but also their physical health.


What are the symptoms?


Anxiety can manifest itself not only emotionally and psychologically but also physically, which leads to the suspicion of a physical illness on certain occasions. The symptoms are:

– Excessive worry for most of the day.
– Anguish
– Difficult to focus
– Mental blocks
– Irritability
– Trouble remembering things
– Difficulty falling asleep
– Eating problems.
– Avoidant behaviors. It is about avoiding at all costs what generates anxiety
– Headaches frequently
– Sweating
– Heart rate acceleration
– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Difficulties in the sexual sphere


Is there a cause?


The causes for which a person reaches high levels of anxiety are several. There are genetic causes where the person is more likely to have fear because a close relative has had it. There are also environmental causes, where the environment influences the development of anxiety and its elevated levels. Having experienced a traumatic event in life is an example of this.

Physical causes are also another factor. The chemical imbalance in the brain, which regulates emotions and responses to events that generate stress, leads to anxiety.


The title of this article expresses how anxiety can be beneficial, but it is not present throughout this article. In part two, we will talk about the consequences and how they can be helpful.

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