Anxiety

They generally transpire together which is why I have included this here. In my experience, one condition tends to dominate the other, but both are equally as bad. They are a real killjoy!

Anxiety is perfectly normal if, for example, you are starting a new job, school or career, moving house or getting divorced. Anxiety is your body’s reaction to stress. If your life is in jeopardy, feelings of anxiety are vital for survival. Your heart races, you begin to sweat, your pupils dilate, and you become hyper-vigilant and hypersensitive. This happens because when you are in danger adrenaline and cortisol are released to prepare you to run. This is known as the “fight-or-flight” syndrome (emergency mode). This reaction prepares you to either fight whatever the danger may be or flee to safety.

However, if your feelings of anxiety are extreme or the symptoms hinder your day-to-day life you could have a generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Problems emerge if you are unable to “fight or flee” the dangerous situation, or if the stressors are prolonged in intensity and duration. GAD is a chronic disorder of feeling worried, anxious or uneasy about non-specific life events, and people often cannot pinpoint the origin of their anxiety. The feeling of fear may be with you constantly and often interferes with your everyday routine, including things you enjoy. If left untreated, anxiety will inevitably worsen.

Anxiety disorders are extremely common and can affect anyone regardless of age or gender though women are most likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. GAD is a constant feeling of unease or impending doom that begins from the moment you wake up and often becomes disproportionate to the events that triggered them and can become debilitating by taking over your whole life.

Symptoms of anxiety include

 

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling disconnected
  • Anxious thoughts or beliefs that are difficult to control
  • Uncontrollable feelings of worry
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Panic attacks
  • Avoiding social situations regardless of whether you enjoy them
  • Irrational fears
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems sleeping, because either you are unable to get to sleep or you wake up in the early hours unable to get back to sleep.
  • Fatigue

Probable causes of anxiety include

 

  • Environmental stressors: work, school, college, relationship problems or family issues
  • Medical factors: disease, effects of medication, the stress of surgery and recovery
  • Withdrawal from illicit substances
  • Childhood experiences
  • Life events
  • Other mental health or physical problems
  • Medication, alcohol, or recreational drugs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) This is anxiety following a traumatic event.

It has been said that depression is an inability to let go of the past, and anxiety is a preoccupation with imaginary future events. So, what are we left with??? The present moment of course… and therein lies your power I will help you to reclaim.

 

As Marcel Proust said “The real act of discovery consists, not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

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