1.) Typical Anxiety
- Caused by simple worry and stress
- Nervousness or worry over a test, upcoming event
- Doesn’t last long
- Warns of serious danger around you
2.) Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about simple/everyday things
- Inability to relax/restless
- Hard time concentrating
- Fatigue, nausea, insomnia
- Easily scared/startled
- Fast racing heart
3.) Severe Anxiety Disorder
- Extreme panic attacks
- Shortness of breath; sensation of being smothered, chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Feel numb and detached from your body
- Feel like you’re crazy
- Intense fear, flashbacks
I created this stage list based on the symptoms that I had 6 years ago and the progression of it.
A lot of people say “that gives me anxiety” but they don’t realize but true anxiety is.
If you have an anxiety disorder you may get very offended by people that say they have anxiety so openly and freely. We all must be very careful with how lightly we use mental illness terms. I catch myself saying certain mental illness terms where they don’t belong. It is not a small issue and I wish that more people would think about others around them more often. I want to just blurt out “stop saying it like that you’re offending people that are suffering”, but that would just cause unnecessary stress. All we can do is just try and spread awareness about the use of mental illness terms that are inappropriate.
The stages above are very limited and can vary person to person. This is not how it goes for every single person that has a mental illness. The most important thing to do is analyze yourself, reflect on how you feel and discover what steps you need to take to manage your anxiety.
I never knew how severe my anxiety was until I sat myself down and went through the stages and symptoms that I had and I realized that it was much worse than I thought and I needed to seek help.