One of the things I have found in life, is there are a significant number of people who have difficulties with anxiety. Lord have mercy.
Looking up more information about it, it seems that this is perfectly normal, and often enough hereditary. It's part of life for a certain percentage of people to have this issue, and nothing to be ashamed of. One institute puts the amount of people with it at 18% of the population, that's almost 1 out of 5 people.
People with anxiety often enough may fail to realize it, if it is a hereditary issue, they will have had it since childhood and not know of another way of life. And from what I read from one source, about only 1/3rd of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
People who have anxiety can have unreasoning fears about many things. And they may think it reasonable to some degree that they have them, if they do not realize they have a disorder, and are anxious or upset habitually and excessively.
A government source says these are the signs and symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder:
Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
Being easily fatigued
Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
Difficulty controlling the worry
Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
And these are the symptoms of a panic disorder:
Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
Feelings of being out of control during a panic attack
Intense worries about when the next attack will happen
Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past
And these are the symptoms of a social anxiety disorder:
Feeling highly anxious about being with other people and having a hard time talking to them
Feeling very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others
Being very afraid that other people will judge them
Worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will be
Staying away from places where there are other people
Having a hard time making friends and keeping friends
Blushing, sweating, or trembling around other people
Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach when other people are around
Researchers are finding that genetic and environmental factors, frequently in interaction with one another, are risk factors for anxiety disorders. Specific factors include:
Shyness, or behavioral inhibition, in childhood
Having few economic resources
Being divorced or widowed
Exposure to stressful life events in childhood and adulthood
Anxiety disorders in close biological relatives
Parental history of mental disorders
Elevated afternoon cortisol levels in the saliva (specifically for social anxiety disorder)
There are many different helpful treatments for people with anxiety disorders, there is help and greater health out there, and people wishing to give a helping hand.
I hope that folks who have issues with anxiety will seek help in the Lord, and through better health care.