What is situational anxiety?
Situational anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety and is based on new or changing factors. These factors can cause nervousness, worry, stress, and panic that can, in turn, lead to irritability, trouble sleeping, muscle tension and tension headaches.
Anxiety as a term is very general and when people use it, they could potentially be describing any number of different medical disorders. If someone is medically diagnosed with anxiety then it is likely to be an anxiety disorder, which causes the aforementioned side effects but for irrational reasons (such as making a phone call, posting a parcel or engaging in conversation with someone other than close friends). Situational anxiety is different from this in that it normally affects people for a short amount of time (due to a particular stressor), rather than all the time.
What causes situational anxiety?
There are many things that can trigger a person to suffer from situational anxiety and it’s normally related to something new, upcoming, or changing. Something new might include a new job or new relationship, something upcoming might include a job interview or medical appointment and something changing might include moving house or experiencing money problems. Situational anxiety can also be caused by less rational things though, that usually involve a certain amount of pressure; driving in traffic or riding in a busy lift.
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