Often Feel Scared And Anxious In A Crowded Place?
hello, i am 20 years old. I have been in the habit of biting my nails for a long time, until now my nails are very small. I often feel scared and anxious when in a crowded place or when with friends that I am not close to. often feel very afraid to come to class. I also experienced insomnia. I have been trembling in the past month and my heart is beating so fast that it feels tight. Is this an anxiety disorder? then what should be done?
Thank you for the question.
Excessive nail biting habits can indeed indicate anxiety disorders. Likewise your other complaints, which are in the form of sleep disorders, trembling, palpitations, and shortness of breath. If this complaint arises primarily when you feel in a crowd, it could be the cause is a social anxiety disorder, or often referred to as social phobia. Or, it might also refer to other mental disorders, such as specific phobias, panic attacks, delusional disorders, and so on.
It should be clarified, how disturbing are your complaints for your activities and daily life?
If the complaint is very disturbing, it means you need to see yourself further to the doctor or psychiatrist. That way, the doctor can evaluate whether your condition is still considered reasonable or requires further treatment such as medication or psychotherapy. Your doctor can also invite your close relatives to dig deeper into the possibility of triggering your complaints. So, later handling can be done more comprehensively.
In the meantime, the best thing to do is:
Train yourself in public situations, such as by having a lot of organizations, hanging out in the community, speaking in public
Face the common situation boldly, don't avoid it
Do lots of relaxation and meditation
Recognize what strengths and weaknesses are in you, try to continue to improve yourself
Continue to explore your potential, so that you will be more valued because of your proud achievements
If you feel anxious or afraid, adjust your breath, turn your attention to things that make you calm
Don't consume excessive caffeine
Stay away from drugs and alcohol
Live a healthy lifestyle
Hope this helps ...