Anxiety: A Brief Summary
If you suffer from anxiety, I applaud you for educating yourself about the condition in order to have a better understanding of it.
Also, by knowing what you may anticipate, some actions you can take to bring your anxiety under control and, last but not least, by finding someone who can understand what you are going through and let you know that you are not alone in your struggle.
You are able to seek assistance, and in doing so, you should under no circumstances consider yourself to be foolish, humiliated, or any other negatively judgemental trait because of it.
You are a feeling human being who happens to have a significant condition. Because of this, you have earned the right to be content and pleased with your life despite the challenges you face.
If you are on the other side of the coin and you are living with, caring about, or knowing someone who has anxiety, then I truly hope that you have a clearer understanding of what that person faces on a daily basis and how you can help them get through the difficult times.
Okay, before we go any further, let’s review a little bit and talk about this problem: Anxiety is a physiological condition that causes a person to feel afraid, apprehensive, and worried.
These emotions are quite common, much like happiness and joy. According to recent research, anxiety may function as a defense mechanism.
It’s possible that this is our body’s method of cautioning us against engaging in activities that might put us in harm’s way.
What ends up happening is that our thoughts become aware of potential threats. This might either be true or made up. In response to the danger, our bodies go through the motions of getting ready to fight.
The primary muscle groups experience an increase in blood flow as a result of an increase in both heart rate and blood pressure.
The body responds to a rise in temperature by increasing its rate of sweating. When the danger is simply in one’s mind, the body processes that are triggered in response to it contribute to the familiar and uncomfortable physical symptoms of anxiety.
These symptoms might include nausea, shortness of breath, palpitations of the heart, perspiration, trembling, and shaking.
According to Sigmund Freud, anxiety is a “signal of danger” that causes individuals to behave in physically protective ways.
These so-called “defensive actions” are designed to give our bodies an advantage over any threat they face and allow us to prevail.
He felt that traumatic events were the source of our anxious sentiments and that classical upbringing served to exacerbate those feelings over time.
When we come into contact with anything that reminds us of a terrible event from our past, whether it’s a sight, sound, or feeling, we’re likely to experience a rush of anxiety.
On an emotional level, we experience a feeling similar to that of terror or acute dread. Both our intentional and involuntary actions create a strong desire inside us to flee.
However, if we just ignore or run away from these circumstances without addressing the discomfort that they cause, we will further strengthen this drive to flee.
The next time that particular circumstance arises, one will experience even greater levels of anxiety as a direct consequence of this.