Anxiety is one of the most complicated mental issues a person can have. We all understand that when we are having a job interview or a meeting with a doctor that we might be nervous for this. This is perfectly normal. In a situation like that or when we feel we are in danger it is a normal reaction to protect our self from the unknown and for potential treats to our health, whether it is psychological or psychical. The fact that we can't control the situation is making us vulnerable. In the case of doing an exam it is of the essence that the examine has prepared her or himself and studied the topics so that there is a good chance to succeed. This way one can take easily control over the situation, however there are people who done all this and when the moment of truth is there they have seemly forgotten what they have learned. In those cases it might be appropriate to ask your doctor for a mild sedative. This type of anxiety will wear off.
When is anxiety more than a temporary thing?
When a person feels tense, irritable, nervous for no particular reason, there might be an underlying cause for the ailment. Strangely enough it isn't always so easy to anxiety identify anxiety. Most of the time long term anxiety goes hand in hand with depression and psychosomatic pains or ailments, like irritable bowel syndrome, head ages, or other pains or illnesses. Long term anxiety can be caused by a trauma in the past, for example an accident or abuse when the person was a child. Even when the person has been treated for the trauma in hospital or had sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist the anxiety can linger and may eventually go and live a life of its own. Especially when the the person was a child the brain had not been fully developed at the time of the trauma. The result might be that the brain gives the wrong information to the patient. For example it says that the person is in danger all the time, the result being that he or she is vigilant all the time.
If a person has been to counselling sessions and have worked through their trauma and he or she is still having re-acquiring symptoms of depression and anxiety, it might be time to consult the family doctor and ask for medication. Needless to say is that all medications have pros and con's and drugs should always be the last resort.