What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a common mental illness, characterized by:
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety?
It is important to note that everyone can experience symptoms of anxiety from time to time and it may not necessarily mean that person has an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can affect different people in different ways, including their feelings, behavior, thoughts and physical health.
The list of symptoms below is a guide only and will not provide a diagnosis. If you are concerned you (or someone you know) are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, seek advice from a
trained health professional.
Possible Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety include:
"Anxiety can affect one's ability to do their job, to care for their family, to live today and plan for tomorrow."
"I have anxiety so sometimes I stress out from work…"
"I felt like I was going mad, worrying about everything, feeling out of control, wondering what other people think of me, the way I look and the way I speak…it's exhausting"
"Anxiety completely took over my life and made everyday living extremely hard….i always fixate on the worst possible outcome…"
"I had these panic attacks and I was ashamed to tell my family and friends about them because they may not understand how it felt…when you're struggling with an invisible illness it can be difficult for people to understand"
Types of Anxiety
A trained health profession can provide a diagnosis of Anxiety depending on the severity, duration and type of symptoms. There are several types of anxiety including:
"I knew someone, a colleague at work…he washed his hands constantly, all day long"
Agoraphobia is not a specific disorder, but a component of anxiety where a person has a fear of being in places from which it may be difficult or embarrassing to get away. The most commonly experienced fears relate to a in a cluster of situations such as supermarkets, crowded places, confined spaces, public transport and busy roads.
"Anxiety & Depression are the most commonly experienced mental illnesses in Qatar"
Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions
People with one anxiety disorder are more likely to have another, and also to experience
depression. Harmful alcohol and other drug use often co-occurs with anxiety. This makes treatment more complex, and effectively
managing alcohol and other drug use is important.