Feeling anxious or afraid all, or most, of the time is common when you have anxiety disorder. Those feelings of fear and being scared all the time are exacerbated by several factors including chronic stress, lifestyle, and behaviour.
Have you experienced any of these symptoms?
· Feeling afraid all the time, even when you don’t think you are in danger.
· A state of constant fear.
· You feel as though everything scares you.
· You react to everything with fear.
· You live with a permanent feeling of foreboding, that things are going to go wrong.
· You feel as if normal things, ordinary situations, that never used to bother you now provoke fear and anxiety and are perceived as dangerous.
· You have trouble stopping your thoughts automatically turning to fear and worst-case scenario, and that you can’t shut off those feelings.
These feelings may occur all the time or fluctuate in frequency. They may occur alongside or follow an escalation of other anxiety symptoms or occur by themselves. Often, they occur after a period of nervousness, anxiety, or fear, or they just appear from nowhere, for no apparent reason. A common time to experience these feelings is when we are trying to get to sleep, or on waking up.
Lifestyle and Behaviour
Side effects of medication often cause, aggravate, and even mimic feelings of fear and anxiety. Check your medications and discuss with your GP or pharmacist if you think this may be the case.
Alcohol and Recreational Drugs
Alcohol and many other recreational drugs cause and intensify anxiety symptoms, increasing our sense of danger and fear. They also have a profound effect on the nervous system, which aggravates existing anxiety symptoms.
Stimulants, particularly common ones such as coffee, can increase stress hormone secretion causing and exacerbating anxiety symptoms, including increasing a sense of danger and fear as anxiety symptoms are fuelled by stress hormones.
Lack of Sleep
Inadequate sleep has a serious impact on the body, lack of sleep:
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