Everyone feels anxious sometimes. If we didn’t we wouldn’t be considered human. But what happens when anxiety and worry take over control of your life? What then?
Anxiety affects over 47% of the Canadian population. It is also one of the least understood illnesses. I have Anxiety Disorder. It’s something that I struggle to maintain control over while trying to understand the effects it has on my physical and mental well-being.
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Heart palpitations
- Pain in the back, neck or shoulders (body stiffness)
- Gas or digestive problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Constant worrying about life and things.
- A flood of emotions.
- The feeling of dread or death coming.
- Pins and needles all over the body.
These are just a few of the symptoms that can strike a person dealing with anxiety disorder. If you are suffering from anxiety, don’t worry you aren’t alone.
I spent my days constantly worrying about things. Everything and anything can worry me, and for no good reason. You don’t realize how harmful anxiety can be to your health, mind, body and spirit. Often people suffering from anxiety will never get help. They will never learn how to deal with how they are feeling or the situation because of the stigma that is attached to it. They are too afraid of being crazy.
I love the word Crazy. In fact, I often tell people I have the “Crazies” simply because it best describes having anxiety and bipolar disorder. I mean let’s face it, everyone has a little “crazy” in them and that’s perfectly all right.
It’s okay to share how you feel with others. It’s okay to have good days and bad days and to feel anxious in your life about things that you find bothersome. Accepting your issues with anxiety is the first step toward the road to recovery and learning to deal with it.
Did you know: A person can have more than one anxiety disorder at a time? Like diabetes and heart disease going hand in hand. So do mental disorders and levels of anxiety at different times.
If you think someone you know is suffering from anxiety. Here are a few things you can look for to help them or get them the help that they need.
Many people with anxiety suffer from phobias of different kinds such as: (fear of death, social fears, fear of spiders, fear of flying. Social phobias (fear of interaction with groups of people) stops people from going out or leaving their home.
Now some people may have a fear of flying but not have an anxiety disorder just anxiety when dealing with this. A phobia is when the fear stops the person from doing something due to the fear or anxiety they are feeling. It’s extreme.
Just as the name suggests that’s what it is. A disorder that causes panic. Nice eh? Like we don’t have enough to worry about in life there is a disorder to make things worse and actually cause fear. Panic disorder often coincides with anxiety disorder and happens when anxiety reaches its brink.
Anxiety Disorder is usually treated with medication and behavioral therapy (combined) and in doing this it allows a person to maintain control over uncomfortable – anxious inducing situations to help them cope and deal with their worries and fears.
You can read more on anxiety disorder, it’s causes and effects. Also talk to your friends, family and those you love. Ask them what they observe and write it down, match it with what you feel yourself and make up a plan of attack to battle those things that you find are intruding into your life.