Anxiety can feel like a fear and when it's caused by a problem in our life that we can't solve, such as money difficulties, we call it worry. If it is a sudden reaction to an immediate threat, like looking over a cliff or being confronted by an angry dog, we call it fear. Although these feelings are unpleasant, they exist for a purpose. Worry, fear and anxiety can all be helpful.
- Psychologically - they keep us alert and give us the motivation to plan and to deal with problems
- Physically - they prepare our body for sudden, strenuous exercise, to run away from danger or to attack it - the 'fight or flight' response
These feelings become a problem when they are too strong, or when they carry on even when we don't need them any more. They can make you uncomfortable, stop you from doing the things you want to - and can generally make life difficult.
Some of the symptoms people experience are feeling worried, tired, and unable to concentrate, being irritable, sleep disturbance and feeling depressed. There are also a number of common physical reactions such as palpitations, muscle tension, breathing fast, faintness and trembling
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