Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time.
This is normal.
This is why anxiety is not a medical, biological, chemical, or genetic problem.
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Anxiety is a state which all normal people may experience, given the circumstances of severe stress.
What is anxiety?
Clinically, it can be defined as the inability to cope with the stresses of daily life, forcing an alteration or adaptation of normal behaviour.
Unlike endogenous depression, there are no chemical factors responsible for anxiety states.
Anxiety seldom arises alone, but is often seen in association with other factors. Severe or terminal illness, psychological or physical trauma, social trauma and depression are common predisposing factors.
Often, there is also a concomitant loss of confidence which exacerbates the anxiety state.
Episodes of anxiety may be accompanied by somatic symptoms such as sweating and palpitations. These are manifestations of an overstimulation of sympathetic nervous activity and are in themselves, the cause of more anxiety.
What happens to my body?
There are over 100 anxiety, anxiety attack, anxiety disorder, and panic attack signs and symptoms, including:
- Numbness and tingling
- Chest pain
- Neck tension
- Stomach upset, nervous stomach
- Pulsing in the ear
- Burning skin
- Fear of impending doom
- Shortness of breath
- Electric shock feeling
- Shooting pains in the face
- Heart palpitations
- Weakness in legs
- Feeling like you are going crazy
- Inability to rest
- Sleep problems
Treatments available for anxiety overlap considerably with those used to treat stress. The main forms of treatment include:
- Avoid artificial stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, which trigger adrenaline release and use up stressfighting nutrients.
- Avoid refined sugar, which causes blood sugar levels to spike and dip, and also depletes magnesium.
- Relaxation techniques – these include techniques such as yoga and meditation, or sessions involving massage or hypnotherapy. However, even simple breathing exercises , such as taking five minutes a day to close your eyes and breathe deeply may help relieve your symptoms
- Moderate exercise will improve oxygenation of tissues and release endorphins, the “happy” chemicals that improve your mood. For example, gentle walking releases muscle tension and clears the mind… unless you do it in a bustling downtown or on a divided highway.
- Talking to friends should help to put things into perspective.
When to consult your physician
See your doctor if:
- You feel like you're worrying too much and it's interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life
- Your fear, worry or anxiety is upsetting to you
- You feel depressed, have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety
- You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem
- You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — seek emergency treatment immediately
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