Anxiety: fear or nervousness about what might happen
1. a. painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill.
b. fearful concern or interest
2. an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
Panic: a state or feeling of extreme fear that makes someone unable to act or think normally; a situation that causes many people to become afraid and to rush to do something
1. a. a sudden overpowering fright, also: acute extreme anxiety
Agoraphobia: a fear of being in open or public places; abnormal fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or inescapable situation that is characterized especially by the avoidance of open or public places.
Sometimes fear keeps me from leaving the bedroom, answering the doorbell, leaving the house, going places I haven’t been before, talking to strangers or acquaintances, tolerating crowds, talking about how I’m affected by depression and anxiety. This list goes on. I have tried a wide variety of medications and methods for managing my anxiety. Sometimes they help for brief periods before becoming ineffective and requiring an increased dose or a new stronger medication; sometimes they make things worse; sometimes they do nothing at all.
Do you experience anxiety? How does it disrupt your life? And how do you handle it?