Feeling anxious, stressed, tense or worried. Having trouble sleeping. Suffering from panic attacks? Under or overeating, smoking or drinking to calm yourself down? Avoiding people and situations? These are all symptoms of having anxiety, but…
…what is anxiety?
Anxiety is one of the most commonly experienced emotions and while very unpleasant it is not dangerous. It is a state of apprehension resulting from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event, or situation.
The apprehensive feeling created by anxiety prepares you to fight or flee from a situation by making sure that your mind is on high alert with your heart beating fast and your body filled with adrenalin. While this may be useful in a combat situation or when walking through a forest filled with grizzly bears, it’s not the best response to have while taking an exam, speaking in public or even flying in an aeroplane.
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Anxiety symptoms can be experienced at different levels, some more physical and some more psychological – but all symptoms are preceded by an anxious thought, or ‘trigger’.
Most people experience a relatively mild form of anxiety when facing particularly stressful situations (a speech or test) but anxiety disorders are more constantly experienced and can disrupt the day-to-day life of an individual.
When individuals suffer from an anxiety disorder it may lead to avoidance of certain situations because they fear their anxiety may be triggered.
To find out what having anxiety actually feels like – read this article
This can in turn lead to relationship and/or career problems such as not being able to achieve potential job opportunities or promotions and being unable to develop personal relationships.
• Dizziness and light headedness • Reduced attention span • Breathlessness
• Restlessness • Irritability • Difficulty in concentrating • Loss of sexual interest
• Headaches • Loss of appetite • Muscle tension • Difficulty breathing
• A tight feeling in the chest • Sweating • Difficulty sleeping
• Poor performance • Diarrhoea • Palpitations
• Scared to make a #phonecall.⠀• Scared to order food at a #restaurant.⠀
#Checking money 10 times before paying. • Feeling #uncomfortable in public.⠀
Wanting to #hide your face or body in public. • #Panic attacks in crowded places.⠀
Continuously making up ‘worst case’ scenarios in your mind.
• #Crying when you have to leave your house.
• Panic when having to #speak to someone you don’t know.⠀
Everyone may react differently to different pressures, determining a single cause of anxiety is extremely difficult. Research suggests there are a number of contributing factors, such as:
Some medication seems to alter the chemical imbalances in some individual’s brains, suggesting that there could be a chemical imbalance leading to a predisposition towards anxiety.
We all experience different lives from different perspectives and so anything from culture, environment, religion, education, relationships, nurture and many others… can effect and incite anxious episodes.
Evidence suggests that anxiety can run in families. However evidence is not clear as to whether genetic factors account for the disorder or whether similar environments and life experiences contribute to its cause. Transference is a good explanation. You become anxious because you witness the behaviour in someone close to you that you trust. So you adopt their behaviour and feelings.
Research suggests that personality types may determine whether or not you are susceptible to developing an disorder.
Although there are many things you can do to help yourself with the symptoms of anxiety (you’ll find some right here in the myndworks blog), treatment will be most effective when you’re guided through specific techniques.
The treatment program below (click the link) has been designed to give you the skills needed to relax and body, and then access your unconscious mind to discover the true, root cause of the problem and release the triggers – before reigniting a more positive, confident future.
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