Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You may feel sad, worried or scared, at times, but these are completely normal. However, it may develop into anxiety disorder if it becomes excessive and uncontrollable.
Anxiety disorder has a great impact on a person’s body. It increases your heart rate, causes palpitation and chest pain. Thus, putting you at a high risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, it affects your digestive system that causes vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or loss of appetite. It also weakens your immune system which makes you susceptible to viral infections or develop illnesses like cancer.
In fact, a study in the UK shows that men, over 40 years old, who suffer from severe anxiety are more likely to develop cancer.
What Causes Anxiety?
The root cause of anxiety differs from one person to another. But some factors that can play a role are: A. Environment
Types of Anxiety Disorder
There are five different types of anxiety disorder such as: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be triggered by too much thinking about work, relationship or other things;
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable thoughts and behavior. Some examples of obsessions are fear of germs, aggressive thoughts about others or oneself or wanting to have everything in perfect order. While compulsions are excessive hand washing, organizing things in a precise way or checking up on things repeatedly.
Panic Disorder is often mistaken as heart attack because of its symptoms including chest pain, sweating and palpitation;
Post-Traumatic Disorder is common for people with traumatic experiences and often comes with depression. They usually have flashbacks, nightmares or hallucinations;
Social Anxiety Disorder is where diagnosed people feel overwhelmed in public places or in front of many people. They fear of being judged and embarrassed.
What are the symptoms?
Be mindful of these symptoms to know whether you, a friend or a family member are having anxiety disorder.
- Sleepless nights
- Feeling of fear or panic for six months or longer
- Palpitation or increased heart rate
- Short temper
- Social isolation
Treatment and Prevention
In order to prevent anxiety from jeopardizing your daily life, consult an expert for counselling, therapy and medication.
The best way to prepare for the effects of anxiety in our body is to get health protection that covers you in the event that you get ill and need hospital care.
Paramount Direct offers a Hospital Income Benefit Plan that gives financial assistance during confinements. Some of the benefits include Daily Hospitalization and Daily Dread Disease Cash Benefits plus Convalescence Benefit for hospitalization exceeding 30 days.
What’s good about Hospital Income Benefit Plan is that it doubles the Daily Dread Disease Cash Benefit in case you get hospitalized due to cancer, poliomyelitis muscular dystrophy, cirrhosis of the liver, multiple sclerosis, and emphysema.
Hospital Income Benefit Plan is for individuals from 20 to 64 years old with a monthly premium that begins at P69*. Payment and coverage period is until aged 70. Apply online. Fast and convenient. Visit www.paramountdirect.com now!
Whether you are experiencing a normal anxiety or anxiety disorder, it is essential to look after your mental well-being especially during these challenging times.
*Based on Aged 20 and Plan 500 (Individual coverage)