“Anxiety is the most silently painful experience. It makes no sense and you sit alone and suffer for an unknown reason. You can’t explain it. You can’t stop it. It is horrible.”
Probably the most commonly used word today is ‘stress’ used almost daily by millions of people the world over. We find stress everywhere, whether it be within the family, business organization or any other social or economic activity. Right from the time of birth till the last breath drawn, an individual is invariably exposed to various stressful situations. Thus, it is not surprising that interest in the issue has been rising in the present century which can be rightly called the ‘Era of Anxiety and Stress’.
Victims of acute anxiety cannot explain much about their difficulty in a conscious or orderly way. When this experience is episodic — when it is not steady but comes in intense and unpredictable bursts — they cannot tell why it has happened or when it will end. They frequently feel that they are about to die. It is a haunting and disturbing experience. They are not faking nor are they merely trying to get sympathy from those around. It is really bearing on them, and often also equally taxing on counsellors or those who are expected to help them.
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