I recently did an article entitled, What Type Of Anxiety Do You Have & How To Fix It. I got a lot of great feedback and comments.
However, a common question I received was, “how do I know if I really have anxiety?”
Which is an excellent question and I probably should have started with this article first to see IF you have some form of anxiety or not.
And to get a rough idea, I’ll be asking you 5 simple, “yes or no” questions, that you can do in a minute, which can help give you more insight on whether you may be dealing with some form of anxiety at the moment.
Quick Stats About Anxiety
Some important stats about anxiety…
Statistically speaking, over 75% of the population has felt some form of anxiety.
Globally, 1 in 13 people suffers from anxiety on a regular basis.
In the US, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness, affecting over 40 million adults over the age of 18. That’s about 20% of the population.
Anxiety disorders also affect over 25% of teenagers (children between 13 and 18 years old).
Women have almost double the risk of developing an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety and depression are also closely related. A high percentage of people with anxiety, also suffer from bouts of depression.
And I mention these statistics because if you’re dealing with some form of anxiety, please don’t feel bad. You’re not alone.
Please don’t feel ashamed or hopeless.
I want you to know that there are various solutions that can help.
There are natural ways to give you quick relief. So, you don’t have to take harmful, addictive medications.
Different Forms Of Anxiety Disorders
And there are many different forms of anxiety or “anxiety disorders”, such as
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific Phobias
Again, these are discussed in more detail in my previous article.
The Simple Quiz
Okay, so let’s get started with the simple quiz. It’s 5, “yes or no” questions. I’ll ask the questions and just remember or make a note on how many times you said “yes”.
So let’s begin…
- Do you avoid certain people or situations, especially public places or unfamiliar people?
- Do you consider yourself a “worrier”? Do you worry daily or often, especially about things that you have no control over? Especially about past events or your future?
- Do you often feel like you’re “stressed out” or “on edge”? Are you short tempered and less tolerant? Does your heart race or have heart palpitations?
- Do you become tired or fatigued quickly: physically or mentally or both? Do your muscles feel tight or tense?
- Do you have problems concentrating and focusing?
If you never said yes, then you probably have no anxiety.
If you said “yes”, 1 or 2 times, then you may simply be dealing with extra stress at the moment. Maybe something has recently happened that has caused you to worry more than usual.
This is fine and it’s normal.
I’ve realized that about every 3-4 months, something blows up in my life that causes me some extra stress and worry. But, it’s always temporary.
Stress is a part of life. However, it’s HOW you deal with it and the MEANING you give to a “challenging” situation, that dictates the outcome and how you feel.
Your goal should be to focus 90% of your energy on the solution and the 10% on the problem, simply so you LEARN and grow from it, so it doesn’t happen in the future.
However, if you said “yes”, 3 or more times, then you may be suffering from some sort of social anxiety disorder.
You may also be feeling kinda “blah” or maybe even depressed at times.
If this is you, then that’s fine too.
It does NOT mean that you are always going to have anxiety and this is just and how the rest of your life is going to be.
Please do NOT “label” yourself as an “anxious” person or some other disempowering label.
There are many reasons for having anxiety.
The bottom line will always be some sort of chemical or hormonal imbalance.
However, the CAUSE of imbalances is what’s important.
- Is it your environment,
- your diet,
- lack of exercise,
- nutrient deficiencies
- Change in your hormones due to aging
- Lack of communication
- Stress which causes an increase in stress hormones and hormonal imbalances
- Drugs … which can be prescription, or street drugs, or even over-the-counter stuff?
Or, maybe it’s just what you’re focusing on.
Many times, anxiety stems from fear.
Some people have said that FEAR stands for
Many times, what we fear in our minds, is not real. However, whatever the mind truly believes, it will believe it to be REAL.
So, changing your focus from worry and fear to gratitude and appreciation will cause positive changes in your hormones and brain chemicals, causing happiness and confidence.
Of course, this isn’t easy at first.
You need to UNDO negative habits, which focuses more on the problem, than the solution.
And just like a muscle, it needs the practice to get stronger and better.
Anyway, the point is that there’s hope and you’re not alone!
I have two helpful links that I want you to visit.
The first one is to a proven solution that has helped thousands of people for almost 20 years, which can help quickly “erase” feelings of anxiety, panic, and depression.
The second link is to my previous article, “What Type Of Anxiety Do You Have & How To Fix It”.
I urge you to visit one or both of the links right now, while it’s fresh on your mind and start enjoying more of your life. You deserve it!