September 23, 2011

About Anxiety

It is normal to feel anxious when you are stressed or have problems. Normal anxiety is temporary, and its symptoms (e.g. worry, fast heartbeats, sweaty/shaky hands, headache/muscle tension) subside when you overcome the stress and solve the problem. But anxiety is abnormal if:
  • you worry about things that normally would not cause much concern to most people;
  • you continue to worry long after the problem has been solved/gone away;
  • you worry about unlikely/unrealistic events, e.g. dying from cancer though you are healthy;
  • it affects your work/daily life. Abnormal anxiety or excessive worry can make you ill, or worsen any illness you may already have.

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