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At what point is it considered anxiety?

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Last Updated: 01/21/2019 at 5:36pm
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February 25th, 2015 10:30pm
Physiologically, it's when you get nervous sweats, your heart is racing to the point where it's hard to breathe or speak, you're immobilized and you feel like backing away from your task.
March 4th, 2015 6:53am
I feel as though anxiety is experienced by everyone. When you are nervous about a test, or driving on the highway, or public speaking, or maybe even large crowds. What is different to me is having an anxiety disorder, which to me is that feeling the very first time you got on a roller coaster, and you were scared that you were going to die, even though you were aware no one dies on roller coasters, but this is the one time it would happen and it would be to you. That is the feeling. And it is all the time, and there is no reason for it. That is the difference between experiencing anxiety and having an anxiety disorder.
April 13th, 2015 12:28am
Are you asking anxiety in general or anxiety disorder? Anxiety can be any time you are stuck in the brain stem or the fight or flight reflex. So if you're asking general nervousness vs the fight or flight reflex, anxiety is when you are really feeling unsafe panicky, out of your comfort zone and may have trouble breathing or start having chest pains. general nervousness is a more mild sensation and isn't all consuming and doesn't feel like emending doom. Anxiety feels like a tightness or pressure on your chest, where nervousness does not.
April 15th, 2015 10:11pm
It can be considered anxiety at any pint, if you feel you have anxiety disorder you should visit your GP! They can help you,
May 26th, 2015 10:00pm
I'm not a doctor so I can only give you my personal symptoms with it. I get clammy hands, sweat a lot, feel dizzy/faint, sick, can't breath properly etc....Really though you should consult you're own doctor just to be sure.
May 30th, 2015 1:00am
Perhaps you should ask a medical professional after describing your thoughts and feelings, to establish if you do have anxiety or just some symptoms :)
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July 27th, 2015 3:24pm
This is a good question. Many people believe they struggle with anxiety, when it may only be a common stressed out feeling. I think once it starts to interfere with your daily life, if you have panic attacks, or when you can't control it, that's when you know you may need to talk to someone, go see a counselor, or potentially take medication if it affects your life in a significant way.
August 11th, 2015 8:13pm
Anxiety has different realms, you could have seasonal anxiety, which depends on the seasons of the year, or performance anxiety, like performing or taking a test, or just general/chronic anxiety which is year-round. Year round anxiety depends on the severity but at the end of the day, if you have the physical representations of anxiety, you have it. It can be very simple, fixed with meditation and deep breathing, or chronic to the point of medication. There is always a way to get help and/or manage anxiety.
November 2nd, 2015 8:10pm
People can be scared at times, but it's considered anxiety when it really takes over your life. It's good to know that when a fear takes over your life, you should get help. You're not alone.
November 17th, 2015 3:18am
Anything from the smallest things to the biggest things like can't do gardening because Your to scared to go outside to have a full blown attack stand in McDonalds
November 23rd, 2015 12:35am
I think it is considered anxiety when it affects your daily routine. Whether it's sleep, school, sports, drama, clubs, anything. It's anxiety when it affects your life and it can be little or small. It can be worse or better. Nobody is exactly the same.
November 23rd, 2015 7:43pm
Anxiety is what it is at the moment you feel overpowered by stress, fear or nerves and you cannot relieve it in the moment.
November 29th, 2015 6:23am
It is a state when you are not even comfortable with yourself.The world itself seems to be against you.You need some one to be with you just to comfort you.
March 29th, 2016 10:05pm
I've struggled with anxiety over the last couple years.. I was having heart palpitations, sob, dizziness, and my chest always felt tights. I don't think there's really a "point" but sometimes people don't realize they're having anxiety.. The symptoms are so vast because anxiety affects all people differently mentally and physically.
July 12th, 2016 10:45pm
I consider it to be anxiety when it gets irrational and makes it hard for you to function and be happy.
July 18th, 2016 11:32am
Your journey with anxiety is your own. If you feel nervous or anxious, its not for anyone else to tell you that you're not. If you are avoiding situations and not feeling/acting the same, you've got to ask yourself if you're okay with this. To get out of a cycle you have to break it, you can have help and support but ultimately it's your decision to change what makes you unhappy. Hope this has helped in any way!
April 24th, 2017 8:20pm
I think that you know yourself best. If something feels off emotionally or physically, that's probably a pretty good place to start. Become an existential expert on yourself and gauge when you think you're maintaining yourself. For me, I knew I started to experience anxiety when I felt terrible physically. I had tension headaches, insomnia, heart fluttering and bad fatigue. It looks and feels different for everyone but take heart it knowing it's very common.
December 5th, 2017 8:31pm
1) daily activities becomes difficult 2) for prolong period you are not progressive 3) when it becomes difficult the stuff that was easy for you before
April 10th, 2018 3:53pm
When it becomes intrusive to your life and you feel that you have a hard time going through your normal life
April 24th, 2018 5:05pm
Nervousness is normal for certain things, it becomes anxiety when it is more elevated levels of nervousness, shaking and heart beat. This may occur a few hours before the event and may become more frequent.
January 21st, 2019 5:36pm
You stepped into an unwanted situation or a haunting memory crept into your mind. You feel your mind racing, your heart almost stopping every single second. You feel the bile in your throat like a candy you swallowed forcing its way up. Your mind gets blank that you don't remember what happened or why you're feeling anxious. You can't think what's the next step. It all settles down when you step out of the situation or snap out of your trance to assure yourself. The blur starts to clear and you can see again. You're good. Just the usual occurrence.