Feeling nervous at times is normal. I feel nervous every time I make new experiments in the lab. I also feel nervous when I am alone or am in an unfamiliar place. And sometimes, I just feel nervous without any valid reason.
There is nothing wrong with feeling nervous from time to time. It is a normal reaction of the body to stress and more often, it could help a person protect himself from risky situations or to finish a particular undertaking. However, there are people whose nervousness becomes abnormal. I know of some people who have developed anxiety disorders because of frequent unreasonable nervousness. People with problems in dealing with nervousness may also develop anxiety disorders. And it is important to know when nervousness becomes a disorder because it is that time when you should see a doctor.
Here are five of the most common anxiety disorders and how to detect them:
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PSD) is common among people who have experienced a terrifying ordeal where the person’s safety was threatened. That ordeal could be an accident, disaster, physical or sexual assault or military combat. Signs that a person has PSD include nightmares, lack of sleep and persistent memories of that terrifying event. Also, you will notice them to be easily startled or emotionally detached.
People who have a recurrent and unwanted obsession that leads them to do repetitive behaviors or compulsions are known to have an Obsessive Compulsive Behavior (OCD). It is manifested by behaviors like repeated hand washings, checking locks, cleaning excessively and counting objects, among others. Doing their rituals provides people with OCD temporary relief but seeing a doctor is the best way to deal with the problem.
Some people develop an anxiety over an intense fear that they are being publicly watched or judged. This leads them to develop a Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Sufferers may have a hard time going out socially, attending occasions, or going to school or work.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) are characterized by exaggerated tensions, worries and chronic anxiety even when there is nothing to be worried about. Sufferers can be overly concerned about almost anything such as health, work or family issues, and finances. They often manifest irritability, fatigue, headache, hot flashes and sweating.
Relationship Anxiety Disorder
Fear and love are two factors that could lead a person to develop a relationship anxiety disorder. This disorder is derived from GAD and is not yet officially diagnosed. However, this kind of anxiety is very common in many relationships. Symptoms include inappropriate and excessive jealousy, being overly clingy or needy, and being aloof and disinterested about other things. In their relationships, they also always test their partners and are constantly demanding for reassurance from their partners.
Although patients suffering from anxiety disorders may be able to find relief by taking supplements for anxiety, I still strongly suggest seeing a doctor as the best course of action. Among the people who I know to have anxiety disorders, I have seen some improvements on those who regularly see their doctor for advice.