Understanding How Anxiety Differs From Other Emotional Disorders

Symptoms of anxiety occasionally are accompanied with others unrelated symptoms. Thus, you could have anxiety and also other emotional disorders. As a matter of fact, about half of those who suffer anxiety disorders eventually develop depression, especially if they are untreated. Telling apart the differences between anxiety and other psychological problems is essential because treatments may differ somewhat.

Depression: It may comparable to life in slow motion. You are no longer interested in activities that often bring you pleasure. You just feel sad. Often, you feel tired but can sleep fitfully. Your appetite often wane and your sexual urge may drop. Just like anxiety, you could find it difficult to focus or plan far ahead. However, unlike anxiety, depression often saps your motivation and drive.

Bipolar disorder: People with bipolar disorder often seesaw between ups and downs of their life. At times, they feel that they’re on top of the world. Often they believe their ideas are remarkably important and need very few sleep for nearly a week. They may feel as extraordinary individuals. They may invest in risky financial schemes, engage in sexual escapades, shop recklessly, or lose their good judgments in other ways. They may start working frantically while in the middle of critical projects or find ideas endlessly streaming through their mind. Eventually, they suddenly crash and burn and their moods turn sour and severe depression sets in.

Psychosis: Not only it can make you experience anxiety, but the symptoms also often profoundly disrupt your life. This disorder weaves hallucinations into our everyday life. For instance, some people see glimpses of shadowy figures or hear voices talking to them. Delusions are another feature of psychosis which distorts reality. Certain psychotic delusions include thinking that the NSA or CIA is tracking your everywhere. Other delusions involve exaggerated, grandiose beliefs, such as thinking you are chosen to rule the world or that you have an extraordinary mission to save the Earth from alien infiltration. If you believe you hear the cellphone ringing when you’re in the shower or drying your hair, only to find that it wasn’t, you are not psychotic. Many people occasionally see or hear trivial things that are not there. Psychosis is always a concern for those whose perceptions completely depart from reality. Luckily, anxiety disorders won’t lead to psychosis, in most cases.

Substance abuse: If people develop an addiction on alcohol or drugs, withdrawal may create severe anxiety. The symptoms of alcohol or drugs withdrawal include sweating, disrupted sleep, tremors, increased heartbeat, tension, and agitation. Even so, if these symptoms appear only in response to an early cessation of substance use, it doesn’t constitute an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders occasionally abuse substances in an ill-conceived attempt to curb their anxiety. If you assume you have a case of anxiety, be very cautious about your use of alcohol or drugs. Talk to an expert if you have concerns.

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