Everyone gets worried at times. Most people cope with their worries most of the time. A little worry can, in some circumstances be a good thing. It can prompt you to action when action is required. However, at times nervousness can grow out of control. Sometimes fear and worry is too intense and persists for too long. It can become a bigger problem in your life than you would like it to be. Nervousness can make you distressed and unhappy and can make others around you stressed, worried and unhappy.
Anxiety takes many guises.
It may be associated with a specific phobia, such as a fear of spiders or flying. An individual can be anxious and worried during every waking moment. If you suffer from compulsions about checking or cleaning, or to think too much and worry, you are also showing signs of anxiety. One of the first factors to be aware of is, that anxiety can show itself in many different ways. Yet, strangely, some worry can be good at times. It can be a prompt to action which can certainly be a good thing. If you’re anxious about an upcoming event such as buying a house, studying for an exam or preparing from holiday, this worry can lead you to focus on a plan for success. However, when those first signs of “nerves” do not lead to the formulation of a good plan, when anxiety has no positive focus, then worry can get out of hand. Prolonged levels of anxiousness can lead to illness or unhappiness in a number of ways.
Here are few examples of how nervousness can affect you. It can make you:
- Have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or disturbed sleep with frequent waking
- Form bad habits, such as drinking too much alcohol, which then leads to other problems
- Altering your eating habits so that you put on or lose too much weight
- Develop strange phobias, fears or obsessions
- Become stressed and ill
- Become angry at yourself and irritable
- Feel generally vulnerable and like a loser
- Go on at other people in a negative way, by labelling or nagging them unfairly
- Focus on the wrong things in life
Too much worry, therefore, may result in negative effects on your mind and body. Your social and personal life may also suffer, if you are unable to relate to people around you in a calm and friendly manner. You may find yourself in a loop of despair and becoming depressed. You may try to treat the worries by seeking reassurance, or, instead, you may begin to avoid the places that cause you fear. Or, you may blame yourself and totally use your sense of self-esteem. Often, the very things you do to make your life better actually make things worse.
The articles on this website explain the difference between the nervousness that we all feel at times and that can be beneficial in prompting us to action, and anxiety that is damaging to our mental and physical health.
There are articles about the various types of anxiety disorder and about how to treat nervous problems. Hopefully, the articles on this website will also enable you to understand your own anxiety problems. There are also a number of articles about the many ways of treating “nerves”.
This website is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor or a professional psychologist. If you are suffering from anxiety it is also important to seek professional help and advice. The best place to start usually is with your family doctor or GP. Your doctor can then advise you and if necessary referred you to an appropriate psychologist or specialist. It is possible to treat anxiety successfully. Good luck and best wishes.