Women today are leading a multi-tasking life that involves a fine balance between household and hectic job demands. Consequentially, they are more often diagnosed for anxiety disorders as compared to men. And it is more than occasional jitters, self-consciousness or shyness during job interviews or when expected to give a speech.
PHOBIA is basically an irrational & uncontrolled fear towards an object, person or situation. Have you noticed anyone trembling with fear if they so much as see a spider at the other end of the room? Or no matter how you much you reassure, does your kid refuse to go for a giant wheel ride in Melas? Are you one of those who feels giddy at the mere thought of crossing a busy road? These are a few common phobias and if left untreated, then the phobia can affect the person’s day-to-day life and activities also.
Being judged poorly by faceless mass of ‘others’ is a scary prospect. We all encounter mild forms of SOCIAL PHOBIA from time to time. Yes, even practiced public speakers! So its nothing to be ashamed of, and of course there are ways to enhance your social skills. Once you identify where this phobia stems from, which is your deep fear of embarrassing yourself (will they make fun of me?), you can figure out a way to take the bull by its horns.
For many of us, coping with traumatic events can be very stressful. Recovering from an accident, coping with illness/loss of a loved one, major relationship setbacks etc have a way of haunting us in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, and dizziness. If you feel as if you can never get over what has happened and hopeless about moving on, you may be suffering from POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. If you know someone with a traumatic past, how did you help him/her?
Did you know? An occasional & mild dose of fear, anxiety & doubt help us to make decisions, solve issues and even grow as an individual. But only when they do not occur often or last long. For instance, you must have heard amusing stories about women who check their door lock, gas knobs & light switches multiple times, sometimes even in the middle of the night. This is OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER for you.
Do you know people with the anxiety symptoms or phobias mentioned above? Please share the anecdotes of your experiences with those people here…