Traffic. Deadlines. Sick kids. Major life events, hardships, or tragedies (like a flood!). All of these experiences can, and do, cause anxiety. In fact, anxiety is something most people feel from time to time. It usually goes away in a relatively short period of time. For some people, however, their anxiety gets out of control, and they find it extremely difficult to manage. What’s worse – sometimes the distinction between normal worries and anxiety that might be indicative of an anxiety disorder isn’t clear cut. Here are some ways to tell if the anxiety you’re feeling goes beyond normal and some ways you might be able to manage it.
If you are suddenly experiencing anxiety when you never have before, it may be due to thyroid dysfunction. Conversely, if you’ve already been diagnosed with underactive or overactive thyroid function, don’t be surprised if you begin having bouts of anxiety.