Mind & Body: What Causes Anxiety?
Hi and welcome to my first foray into the complexities of the mind, and how it can affect our everyday lives. My name is Lew Newmark and I decided that it was time for me to delve into an area that interests me for many different reasons, but the most important reason is that I expect that much of this exploration will be a valuable insight into my own mind and how it affects me...and I invite you all along for the ride.
Here i something that I noticed many years ago and maybe this is something that you've picked up on yourselves...
You get up in the morning and go through your usual routine as you get ready to get ready to go to your job. You have your morning cup of coffee, and grab that scrumptious crumb coffee cake and down that cup of juice.
Then as you start to put on your slacks or your jeans, your work shirt and possibly a tie and head out the front door you start to get that feeling...you know the one...it feels a bit like butterflies in your stomach doesn't it?
And then you begin to question why you feel that way, and that leads to a sudden nervous feeling that invades your whole being. Before you know it you've turned right around and re-entered your home and crawled back under the covers.
What you've just experienced is called "Anxiety," sometimes also referred to as a panic attack. Just what is anxiety anyway?
It's definition according the Oxford Dictionaries is as follows...
noun (plural anxieties)[mass noun]1a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome: he felt a surge of anxietyPsychiatry a nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks: [as modifier]: she suffered from anxiety attacks[with infinitive] strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please
While the definition gives a dry explanation of what anxiety means, the question remains what causes it to happen?
While there are several factors that may cause an anxiety attack including environmental factors, genetics, and substance abuse, but what I want to focus on is the brain and it's chemistry. Here is a bit of information taken from an article from the Medical News Today website...
Research has shown that people with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain are more likely to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. When neurotransmitters are not working properly, the brain's internal communication network breaks down, and the brain may react in an inappropriate way in some situations. This can lead to anxiety.
Over the years, I have found myself suffering from anxiety attacks, and while I haven't exactly turned around and went back to bed, I have been adversary affected by them. In my case, I think that (and this is not a scientific explanation of why this happens) but I think that in my case, even today when I go to a job that I really do not enjoy going to, I get that nervous moment as I get ready to go to said job.
Does the mind have it's own secret agenda or is it just our own psyche sabotaging us?
I think the answer differs from one individual to the next, but just remember that the mind can be a tricky master.