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How to take anxiety head on!

Anxiety is among the most common mental health issues. 1 out of 4 people in India suffers from anxiety, stress, and depression. The worst part is, hoping for the anxiety remedies and/or relief is not sufficient. To tackle anxiety head-on, you need to understand a few things:

1. What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress or stressful conditions. It can be a feeling of fear or apprehension; or ‘butterflies in the stomach’ due to situations like appearing for a job interview or making a public speech.  This is normal indeed; and there’s nothing to worry. However, if the feeling of anxiety persists longer, say 6 months or more, and also start interfering with your daily life, you probably have an anxiety disorder. 

1.1  Anxiety Disorders:

Anxiety disorders are group of symptoms or mental illnesses that cause constant and overwhelming anxiety and fear.  Excessive anxiety can make you avoid or even give up your job, work, school, family get-togethers, and other social situations that might trigger or worsen your symptoms.  


1.2  Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several types of anxiety disorders:

There are several types of anxiety disorders:

1.3  Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Common symptoms are:


1.4  Causes of Anxiety Disorders

Some causes of anxiety disorders are:

1.5  Risk factors of Anxiety Disorders

2. Check if you are anxious, take an anxiety test!

Developed in 1959 by Dr. M. Hamilton, the HAM-A is an anxiety scale that’s been proven useful for individual people; and also for research involving many patients. This as one of the first scales developed to measure the severity of anxiety symptoms; and is widely used even today in clinical as well as research settings. The scale consists of 14 items, each defined by a series of symptoms. It measures both psychic anxiety (mental agitation and psychological distress) and somatic anxiety (physical complaints related to anxiety).

It’s easy and quick to use. You can check your anxiety score by clicking here

3. Learn, how you can relieve your anxiety (a self-help)

In case, while doing a self-test, you realize you are having an anxiety disorder, The first thing is to consult your physician.

However, the following things could be of help too

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Content Credit: Aashish Thanki