Anxiety and Health Problems
Anxiety is a mental state characterized by feelings of stress, tension, disturbing thoughts and various physical changes in the body. Normal feelings of anxiety are different from an anxiety disorder. An individual can acquire anxiety counseling to identify anxiety symptoms and tackle the condition.
Anxiety affects the well-being of our body both physically and mentally, and denotes a group of ailments that cause distress, anger, and fear. These responses of anxiety intervene with daily life.
People are not able to recognize a trigger in some cases and feel anxious for what looks, from the outside, like no reason.
If you feel uneasy, you may identify that anxiety causes distinct physical symptoms. In the extreme, many people report symptoms such as: sweating, nausea, heart racing, overflowing thoughts, scary thoughts, upset stomach, headaches, and difficulty in sleeping along with social anxiety symptoms.
So, what is it that is truly happening? You might wonder whether you are stressing yourself into other medical issues. Anxiety leads to various health ailments. Also, there are health issues that can be aggravated by anxious thoughts; issues like high blood pressure, headaches, hay fever, eczema, problems with digestion, and weight loss are a few typical medical problems accompanied by anxiety.
Sometimes doctors recommend anxiety therapy in the instance that any of the above problems are present without any obvious explanation.
Understanding “fight or flight”
"Fight or flight" is your body's natural response to anxiety. This natural response of your body releases adrenalin into your bloodstream after sensing any danger around you. It is a vital bodily response which, even during the times of cavemen, protected them from danger and helped them fight predators. When the body detects terror or fear, other hormones like Cortisol, are also released in our bloodstream.
In today's world, the need for the fight-or-flight response has been reduced except for some rare situations. It's a healthy physical response to have, especially if you are a crime victim. However, our alarming thoughts will trigger this response even when it is not required. Adrenalin can make a person feel jumpy and will boost the heart to pump blood.
We are not designed to be in a fight-or-flight state for lengthy stretches of time. Our body's immune system overreacts to stress or anxiety and interferes with the health of our body if it stays for a long period of time. It affects our breathing pattern and blood flow. Muscle tension and stomach problems become routine. An experienced therapist can provide anxiety counseling and help you recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and understand your body's response to it. Imagine the marks it can leave on your body, if symptoms of anxiety persist for a long time leading to difficulty in the normal functioning of your daily routine.
Types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized anxiety disorder : Excessive and unreasonable anxiety that lasts for 6 months or longer.
- Social anxiety : Fear of being judged or humiliated in social places.
- Separation anxiety : Fear of moving apart from home or family.
- Phobia : Fear of a specific activity, action, thing, or situation.
- Hypochondriasis : Persistent suspicion of having any serious health problem.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) : Recurring images or thoughts that provoke specific behaviors or responses.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder : Severe anxiety following a traumatic incident.
People with anxiety can encounter various physical and psychological symptoms. The most common anxiety symptoms include :
- Feeling nervous, anxious, or afraid.
- Panic attacks.
- Accelerated heart rate.
- Fast breathing.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Sleep difficulties.
- Digestion problems.
- Feeling extremely hot or cold.
- Chest discomfort.
- Behavioral disorders
Experiencing anxiety in life is normal. Some events in life, like getting married or divorced, taking an exam, marital & family conflict, any transition in life or job, death in the family, having a baby, diagnosis of an illness, legal or monetary issues, and many more situations like these are bound to bring you anxiety and stress.
Here are some suggestions to protect and nurture yourself while going through hard times and struggling with a stressful situation-
Ask the aid of a therapist, and open yourself up to him/her to ensure that your feelings and thoughts are being focused toward boosting your health. Learn recreational exercises or meditation. Direct your thoughts towards positivity. Spend quality time with trustworthy friends and family. Exercise regularly. Eat healthy and nutritious meals. Get enough sound sleep. Avoid drugs, liquor, and caffeine. Kids and adults alike can experience anxiety attacks.. In severe cases anxiety treatment is recommended for your kids better and healthy future.
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