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Anxiety and You

Updated on February 26, 2012

Life With Anxiety

Anxiety can be defined as emotions which are typically negative in nature. It will often consist of fear and worry, and some organisms may even experience physical signs such as nausea or chest pains. Anxiety is a complex emotion, and is composed of a number of different elments. Some of these elements are somatic or cognitive, and the body will prepare itself to deal with an external threat. The heart rate speeds up, and the blood pressure is increased. The various muscles in the body will also receive elevated levels of blood. At the same time, the functions of the digestive system will slow down.

Living With Anxiety

People who have anxiety will generally have a sense of dread. A number of voluntary and involuntary processes will take place in the body, and the goal of these processes is to get the organism away from the source that is causing it to have anxiety. Anxiety is an important emotion, and is designed to increase the survival rate of organisms. In humans it appears that anxiety comes from the hippocampus and amygdala, two regions of the brain. When a person senses bad odors or tastes, there will be a large amount of blood flow which will be present in the amygdala. The evidence also shows that medium levels of anxiety will be present in this situation as well.

Based on these studies, it appears that anxiety is designed to keep humans and other organisms from eating food or objects that may be harmful to their well being. While anxiety is normal, a person that has excessive amounts of it may have what is called an anxiety disorder. In extreme cases, people with anxiety disorders may have strong cases where they are terrorized. Anxiety disorders are broken down into phobias, panic disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders. Someone who is suffering from a phobia will have an abnormal amount of fear of a specific object or situation. People who have phobias tend to have extensive imaginations, and realize that their fear is often irrational.

When a person suffers from a panic disorder, they will have extreme panic attacks, and may have dizziness or breathing problems. These attacks will typically reach their height in about 10 minutes. Generalized anxiety disorders are common, and effect a much larger portion of the population. It is prevalent in both men and woman, and is characterized by long periods of anxiety that are not related to any specific object or situation. With the obsessive compulsive disorder, the individual with have an obsession or compulsion when it comes to specific types of behavior. People who suffer from this disorder will see the need to do something obsessively in order to reduce their anxiety.

Many people who have this disorder need to be extremely clean, and are afraid of germs. To reduce their anxiety, they will wash their hands numerous times in a single day. There are two primary methods that are used to help those who are suffering from anxiety, and this is either therapy or prescription medicaitons.

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Anxiety Attack Symptoms

What You Should Know To Overcome Anxiety Disorder

Learning about anxiety attack symptoms is an important step in the recovery process if you suffer from an anxiety disorder. Anyone who suffers from such a disorder is certainly well versed in the types of symptoms that frequently accompany anxiety attacks; however, in order to learn to cope with and even overcome these symptoms it is imperative that one must first learn why these symptoms occur in connection with anxiety disorders.

The most common symptom of any anxiety disorder is fear itself. This fear often occurs as a result of a perceived threat. In many cases this fear may only result from a threat that is perceived only and not a real threat. This; however, has no effect on the results of the anxiety attack. When the human brains senses fear, whether it is real or perceived only, it responds with certain biological responses. These responses prepare the body to either stay and fight the threat or flee from it. This is commonly known as the fight or flight response.

Some of the most common symptoms that can be associated with an anxiety attack as a result of this perception of threat include the following:

Sweating

Hot or cold flashes

Nausea

Diarrhea

Numbness

Tingling in the hands or feet

Feeling as if you can't breathe

Dizziness

Chest pain

Fear of losing control

A feeling of impending doom

Feeling as if you are out of touch

Heart palpitations

Feeling as if you are about to die

Trembling

In most cases anxiety attack symptoms begin to peak within 10 minutes of the attack beginning and the symptoms will begin to subside within a half an hour of the attack starting. In some cases; however, it could take several hours for all of the symptoms to completely subside.

In many cases anxiety attacks seem to appear for absolutely no reason. In this regard, they may come completely from out of the blue. Unfortunately, the individual may associate their location at the time of the attack as a cause for the symptoms they experience. As a result they may then begin to avoid that particular location or even situation as a result of fearing the occurrence of another attack. This avoidance can then lead to even further problems such as the development of another disorder known as agoraphobia.

The intensity of the symptoms associated with an anxiety attack can be quite frightening. That intensity level can vary from one person to the next and even from one attack to the next. With that said; however, it is important to understand that while the intensity of these symptoms is often very frightening the symptoms themselves are not dangerous. Even though the symptoms of an anxiety attack can certainly feel life-threatening it is important to understand they are not. Understanding and accepting that the symptoms of an anxiety attack will not hurt you is one of the first steps toward recovery. In addition, there are techniques that can be used which will reduce the severity and even the frequency of anxiety attacks.

By taking the time to learn about anxiety attack symptoms you can overcome anxiety disorder.

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      gyulaolah 5 years ago

      However, I haven't met anxiety in my family or environment, it is very useful to know about its severity. Thanks for sharing!

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      qlcoach 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Here's to finding positive solutions to anxiety problems.

      Peace, Light, Aloha...Gary Eby, author of The Eby Way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      True all true.... i am suffering from all this! and i don't want to be the way i am because of Anxiety

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