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Anxiety is sometimes a part of life, especially nowadays. But at some point, everyday fear can turn into serious fear – the kind that can have a profound impact on your mental and physical health.
Anxiety, when you have tense or worried thoughts, is often associated with physical symptoms such as rising blood pressure or a racing heartbeat.
If you're one of the 30 percent of adults in the United States suffering from anxiety disorder, you will be bombarded by these feelings for weeks or months.
These disorders can take many different forms, including:
- generalized anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- social anxiety disorder
- phobia-related disorders such as agoraphobia
- separation anxiety disorder
It is no secret that anxiety disorders are untreated can take great toll on your emotional wellbeing. But because fear triggers a cascade of physical symptoms, it can also affect your body. And these effects could add up over time.
How exactly does fear physically affect you? Let's count the ways. When anxious emotions increase, you may also notice physical sensations such as:
- increased heart rate
- faster breathing or even hyperventilating
- muscle tension, like clenching [1
- GI symptoms such as nausea, cramping or diarrhea
- that have to pee more often
All in all, fear can have a fairly intense effect on your body. But what exactly does that make possible? Fear is one of the brain's ways to respond when it perceives a threat.
In a dangerous situation (which can be legitimately dangerous or just something you perceive to be dangerous), the brain sends out a signal to flood the body with adrenaline to protect itself. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase, which can make you sweat, shiver, or even feel tingly or strangely cold.
Blood flow is directed from your abdominal organs to your brain, where it helps you move and think quickly, giving your stomach the strange feeling that something bad is going to happen. When you become over-conscious of your surroundings, your muscles contract.
All in all, your body is ready to fight. But in the case of fear, is not really really threatening. Instead of diving in and taking measures to protect yourself, you are simply stuck in all of these terrible feelings.
Panic attacks are particularly intense phases of anxiety and differ slightly from anxiety attacks (see the table above!).
They can appear quickly, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, and peak within about 10 minutes like a wave crashing over you. They are usually characterized by physical symptoms such as:
- palpitations or palpitations
- shortness of breath such as suffocation or suffocation
- chest pain
- nausea or convulsions
- [dizziness or fainting ] Chills or suddenly very hot
- numbness or tingling
feelings can be so strong and scary that some people think they are heart attacks or other conditions that require emergency medical care.
If you are in the middle of a panic attack or an anxiety attack, follow these steps to calm down. If you suffer from severe fear, we have you too – try these 13 tips for coping and calming down.
Anxiety disorders are very common, so it is normal to wonder if the anxious feelings you are dealing with are just a typical, temporary thing or a problem that needs to be addressed.
Fear tends to fall into the realm of clutter when it's overwhelming enough to affect your everyday life. You may have a generalized anxiety disorder if:
- you are constantly worried or nervous.
- You are overwhelmed by fears that you know do not make sense, but you cannot get them out of your head.
- Your fear leads to you avoiding everyday situations or responsibilities such as socializing or working.
- You are so worried that you no longer enjoy life.
- They use drugs or alcohol to make them feel less anxious.
- Sometimes your heart starts pounding, apparently out of nowhere.
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder last for weeks or months without relaxing, and they can creep into any area of your life. If you think you may be affected, contact a psychologist. Together you can take a look at your symptoms and decide on the next steps.
Anxiety disorders must be treated professionally. So if you suspect you have one, see a mental health professional. Depending on your symptoms and other factors, your therapist may recommend treating your anxiety as follows:
- regular talk therapy
- cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of talk therapy that teaches you skills to deal with your symptoms and To return to activity, you may have avoided
- medications such as antidepressants or anxiety medications, or in some cases tranquilizers or beta blockers an anxiety disorder, or you may feel anxious from time to time. Some strategies that could be helpful:
- relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, guided images, biofeedback or self-hypnosis
- listening to music
- meditative movement, such as yoga or tai chi
- by taking good care of yourself, Exercise regularly and get enough sleep
Finally, try to keep an eye on things. Sometimes it can help you to feel better if you accept that you cannot control everything – or even try to find something positive or funny about an anxiety-provoking situation.