Health Family Work

What should I know about anxiety (feeling nervous or worried)?

Other common names for anxiety are ‘nerves’, ‘nervous attacks’, and ‘heart distress’.

Everyone feels nervous or worried from time to time. When these feelings are caused by a specific situation, they usually go away soon afterwards. But if the anxiety continues or becomes more severe, or if it comes without any reason, then it may be a mental health problem.

Panic attacks are a severe kind of anxiety. They happen suddenly and can last from several minutes to several hours. In addition to the signs above, a person feels terror or dread, and fears that she may lose consciousness (faint) or die. She may also have chest pain, difficulty breathing, and feel that something terrible is about to happen.