The Deep Depths of Anxiety

The Deep Depths of Anxiety

Elle Spratt, Reporter

Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can and will mask itself in many different ways. Many people suffer from this disorder without even knowing it, and at times it can become severely difficult. Difficult up to a point where it becomes an issue to their day to day routine. Everyone has occasional anxiety, either it’s right before a job interview, or the night before a big day. But the actual disorder can make people doubt a bunch, and simple tasks such as raising your hand to ask a question, or going out in public. 

There’s different types of anxiety, such as PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, and just general anxiety. There are many other types of it, but those are the main ones that are less rare for people. Some of these are caused by past incidents, and others are just simply placed with it. Things such as neglect, abuse, or bullying can cause this and is non-reversible damage. 

Sometimes there is no reason for anxiety, you just feel it, and it can make you feel many different ways. Some people cope by doing habits such as picking at skin, nails, biting lips or nails, or doing a rapid movement with their body. These habits can become a problem for people to where it is harming them. And it’s not like these habits can be something that just automatically goes away, it takes much work to try and stop doing these things. Some anxiety causes panic attacks and for some people these panic attacks happen every time they feel the slightest bit of anxiety creep up on them. 

Unwanted thoughts is something that is ongoing for people with anxiety, like OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) for an example, basically where they have repetitive behaviors such as switching off a light, cleaning something, or brushing their teeth. They have to redo this task over and over again or they will feel as if they have no relief from the thing they are doing.

Different types of anxiety can clash together and create more and more problems for someone. Like if PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and Panic anxiety were to clash it would be the PTSD triggering moment and starting with the panic disorder it would be like a panic attack each and every time the PTSD is triggered. 

Anxiety is treatable, and can be treated in under a few months. But for some it is not as easily treated and it can become worse and worse if not taken care of. Sometimes anxiety is not noticable, and you can have noticeable symptoms. You should never be afraid to reach out if you have a feeling that you have on occurring anxiety.