Anxiety Facts

Know The Enemy: Anxiety Facts 

Smart girls know Anxiety is a controlling manipulative drag.

But Anxiety facts come in useful.

Having accurate information about anxiety can reduce confusion, fear, and shame. 

She's a slippery character, often unrecognised and misunderstood.  So lets try and pin her down and take a closer look.

Fact 1: It is Natural and Normal

Anxiety fact 1: It is a normal response to stress or danger linked with our bodies automatic survival mechanism and ‘flight or fight’ response.

This process involves adrenalin being quickly pumped through the body enabling it to cope with whatever threat may appear.

Fact 2: We all Suffer with it

Anxiety and worry are parts of all our lives, but simply experiencing anxiety or stress in and of itself does not mean we need professional help or you have an anxiety disorder.

In fact, anxiety is a necessary warning signal of a dangerous or difficult situation. Without anxiety, we would have no way of anticipating difficulties ahead and preparing for them.

However when anxiety begins to disrupt our everyday life it becomes a real and definite problem.

And it's a common problem, in our lives 1 in 4 of us may develop an anxiety disorder at some time, some being more likely than men.

Anxiety disorders ruin lives and can make dealing with the simplest challenges difficult and coping with difficulties near impossible. 

Fact 3: It causes real physical and emotional symptoms

There are a large number of symptoms connected to anxiety and these vary with individuals, they appear as both physical and emotional and some common symptoms include;

Anxiety Facts: Physical symptoms

Racing heartbeat  Shortness of breath    Nausea

 Chest tightness   Dry mouth      Pins and needles

 Butterflies in stomach    Sweating     Tremor

Anxiety Facts: Emotional symptoms

  Inner tension    Agitation    Fear of losing control

Irritability   Feelings of detachment

Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen

Fact 4: There are different types disorder

It's important to remember we can experience anxiety without having a disorder.

Variations of anxiety disorders include;

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Fact 5: There's no 'one' cause

There are many factors that can trigger an anxiety disorder. They include:

Anxiety Facts: Disorder

  • Stress
  • Physical factors (e.g. thyroid problems)
  • A traumatic event
  • Childhood environment
  • Genetic predispositions
  • Biochemical imbalances (changes in the levels of chemical messengers in the brain)

Knowing the origins of an anxiety disorder doesn’t help us in dealing with the day to day problems that arise as a result of the disorder but it can be reassuring for sufferers to know that there are factors out of our control that may have contributed.

Fact 6: It is not life threatening but it is distressing 

The physical symptoms of an anxiety or panic attack, such as rapid breathing, chest pains and pins and needles are very similar to those of a heart attack, therefore it is not unusual for people experiencing such an attack to convince themselves that they are about to die. 

This is not the case, nobody has died of a panic attack.

It is simply the body reacting to increased adrenalin caused by panic. Anxiety is not life threatening. It is unpleasant, but not harmful.

Fact 7: Speaking to a professional can help

Always consult your GP or health care provider to obtain a diagnosis if you suspect that you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder. Self diagnosis is not an efficient way of dealing with anxiety, as misdiagnosis could lead to the wrong treatment being administered, which could set the sufferer back even further.

Fact 8:You can always help yourself

Anxiety is a normal emotion and we would not look to ‘cure’ it because there are occasions where it is helpful and useful.

Lots of factors can help you to control, reduce and manage  anxious feelings, depending on the severity of the anxiety sometimes a few lifestyle changes and healthy habits can do much to combat the affects.

For Some affected by anxiety disorder a combination of therapy, medication and self help strategies can help overcome their disorder and reach a point where they control anxiety rather than anxiety controlling.

Fact 9: You can not feel anxious and relaxed at the same time

The relaxation response is the opposite of the fight and flight response.

It can be defined as an absence of stress and anxiety. It is a place where the body and mind can repair, rejuvenate and rebalance. When you are truly relaxing you can not feel anxiety at the same time. 

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Tip:Feeling anxious can make it a bit harder to fully relax, so  if it doesn't work at first be persistent it gets easier with practice and it's well worth the effort.

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