About anxiety
Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. It's a feeling of fear or apprehension about what's to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a key part of several different disorders. These include:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
People with generalised anxiety disorder tend to feel extremely anxious or worried on most days for a period of 6 months or longer.

It may be associated with trouble sleeping, forgetfulness, having tense muscles or feeling tired all the time.
Panic Disorder
People with panic disorder have panic attacks which may make them feel very scared and nervous. They may also experience physical symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, headache, dizziness, or stomach-aches. These attacks may happen without warning and can last from several minutes to an hour.
Obsessive-ComPulsive Disorder (OCD)
People suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder often have unwanted thoughts and fears that lead them to repetitive behaviours. These fears and behaviours often interfere with their daily activities, hence causing significant distress.

An example would be an excessive fear of getting contaminated by germs leading to the compulsion of washing of hands repetitively which may lead to skin dryness or soreness.
Anxiety Treatment
Possible Treatment Options for Anxiety
with a doctor, mental health counsellor or psychologist
relieve anxiety
How long does it take to recover from an anxiety disorder?
Different people respond differently to treatment, but many people start to feel better 6 to 8 weeks after starting treatment.
Many people who see a counsellor start to feel better within a few weeks but the greatest effect is generally seen between 6 to 8 weeks.
Medications used to treat depression are often used to relieve anxiety even in people who are not depressed. Anxiolytics or relaxants may also be prescribed in the short term.
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