It seems there are a lot of major misunderstandings on anxiety. Anxiety itself is a normal feeling that occurs and passes for most people. Just like happy, sad, excited, angry, and so on. Sadness that doesn't go away is depression, anger that lasts is rage, and anxiousness that lasts is an anxiety disorder. Its not crazy, and everyone has feelings or psychological triggers that cause physical reactions, and anxiety is no different. Commonly people cry when sad, smile when happy, flush when angry, but it passes so they think nothing of it. Physical reactions to anxiety are totally normal too. But they increase and worsen when someone has an anxiety disorder, because the trigger which is the anxiety doesn't go away. Long term anxiety is not always an anxiety disorder either, like long term sadness. If you have another death in your family just as you're recovering from the sadness of the last one, then you aren't neccisarily depressed, you have a cause for that sadness. The same thing can happen with anxiety. However, when there doesn't seem to be any rational causes for your anxiety and it lasts anyway-that is typically anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be a side effect or symptom of other diseases or physical problems occasionally, but it can also be a problem and disorder all of its own. And for those who I have seen on this board literally saying "anxiety is crap"-it's insulting to those who suffer it, ridiculous to come onto a medical site, with a thread devoted to a documented disease and just claim it's crap, ignorant to pass off something you don't understand as crap, and the statement is bull. I hope that clears up some of the constant misunderstandings on here. Anything to add anyone? If you thinks its helpfull please help me keep this up on the board for those who enter it.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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