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Suffering In Silence Anxiety

That crushing feeling inside of you, that daily torments you into feeling this burning mental torture. The thing that creeps up on your psyche in every situation adjusting your mentality only to view the negatives. When every day is seemingly a nightmare filled with uncertainty and panic and all you want is to remove the constant and to stop your mind from its unbroken cycle.

But you can’t. You desperately want to. But you can’t.
You see for those who don’t suffer from a fear that persistently magnifies your perception of life; the cure seems simple. Send them to a therapist or a counsellor, or prescribe them the antidote to summon their sub-conscience…

But it just isn’t that easy.
It’s basic for the average human to say that once you’ve spoken about your feelings or once you’ve acknowledged why your hurting everything will seem purer. Life will seem happy again, and your mind will focus on the positives that the world provides you.

But it’s when they use the term ‘mental health’, and they begin to tell you that you’ll be referred to a psychologist, that’s when everything changes. That’s when the doubts come into play. That’s when every part of your being, halts you from accepting the help because you refuse to believe that you need support and guidance. When you’re so overwhelmed by your thoughts that you continue to develop. Trivialising the situation, and you continue to not listen to your own inner being. You don’t want to believe that you need help.

You don’t want to admit that a part of you feels like it’s slowly dying. And you don’t want to acknowledge that this thing, this illness has overtaken your life.

The truth is you’re scared. Afraid of that stereotypical statement. Afraid to share the thoughts that repeatedly spin in your head. And scared to admit that in order to regain a fresh mind, you need help. So instead you decide to conceal every emotion, every thought, just to try to feel normal. To attempt to convince others that you’re “okay. ”
But how normal can you be when your mentality doesn’t feel sane? Or when your life seems to be a constant disappointment because all that seems to haunt you, is the woeful atmosphere that surrounds you and the unhappy events that seem to attack you over and over again?

You can only portray this facade until your mind becomes too full to handle any more communication. Only until your lack of living becomes so poor that you don’t feel at comfort leaving your house. Only until you stop living because it seems easier than having to confront your mentality.

How do I know this? Because this person is me.
For so long I was sure that I was okay. That my thoughts were the same as anyone else’s my age. That I was too young to be going through this pain. That I was over dramatic, and that my perception was being influenced by the unfortunate circumstances that life had thrown and that I knew would continue to throw.

Until I realised that it didn’t make sense…
Yes, I had gone through rough patches. And yes there were what some might class as traumatic events that had occurred. But that didn’t explain my fear of people. My fear of not locking the door. My fear of being alone.
My fear of myself.

Over time my mindset just deteriorated to the point where I didn’t want to leave my house because I was terrified of the world. Terrified of the society we live in. Terrified of being judged. It even got to the point where I felt that if I never had to leave my house again, I’d be okay because I knew that, that way no one could mentally scar me.

But somewhere deep within I knew this feeling wasn’t right.
I’d suffered in silence for so long, and so I decided to seek help with the support of my parents. It was difficult for me to speak up because I felt I would be defeating myself. But I’ve found that it isn’t wrong to admit defeat. I’ve learnt that it’s okay to say that your hurting. And that it’s only the voice of others that have influenced my belief in the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘anxiety’ being negative phrases.

Don’t get me wrong I’ll never truly abolish the seeds that have grown in my mind. But I will learn and teach myself to throw away the bad thoughts. To throw away the stress and panic. To throw away the pain. I will learn that this feeling will one day be only a murmur of conscience rather than a consistent demon.
My message to whoever may be reading this is don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s okay to not be okay. Just don’t suffer in silence.

Be open. Be honest. But most importantly be the one who though may be scared, is brave enough to fight the demons.

Be the one, who conquers the undying sufferance.

Holly Thomas

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Anxiety

Anxiety can be defined as emotions which are typically negative in nature. It will often consist of fear and worry, and some people may even experience physical signs such as nausea or chest pains. Anxiety is a complex emotion and is composed of many different elements.

Some of these items are somatic or cognitive, and the body will prepare itself to deal with an external threat. The heart rate speeds up, and the blood pressure is increased. The various muscles in the body will also receive elevated levels of blood. At the same time, the functions of the digestive system will slow down.

People who have anxiety will generally have a sense of dread. Some voluntary and involuntary processes will take place in the body, and the goal of these processes is to get the organism away from the source that is causing it to have anxiety. Anxiety is an important emotion and is designed to increase the survival rate of organisms.

In humans, it appears that anxiety comes from the hippocampus and amygdala, two regions of the brain. When a person senses bad odours or tastes, there will be a significant amount of blood flow which will be present in the amygdala. The evidence also shows that medium levels of anxiety will be present in this situation as well.

Based on these studies, it appears that anxiety is designed to keep humans and other organisms from eating food or objects that may be harmful to their well-being. While anxiety is normal, a person that has excessive amounts of it may have what is called an anxiety disorder.

In extreme cases, people with anxiety disorders may have high cases where they are terrorised. Anxiety disorders are broken down into phobias, panic disorders, generalised anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Someone who is suffering from a phobia will have an abnormal amount of fear of a particular object or situation. People who have phobias tend to have great imaginations and realise that their fear is often irrational.

When a person suffers from a panic disorder, they will have extreme panic attacks and may have dizziness or breathing problems. These attacks will typically reach their height in about 10 minutes. Generalised anxiety disorders are common, and affect a much larger portion of the population.

It is prevalent in both men and women and is characterised by long periods of anxiety that are not related to any specific object or situation. With the obsessive-compulsive disorder, the individual with has an obsession or compulsion when it comes to certain kinds of behaviour. People who suffer from this disorder will see the need to do something obsessively to reduce their anxiety.

Many people who have this disorder need to be extremely clean and are afraid of germs. To reduce their anxiety, they will wash their hands numerous times in a single day. Two primary methods are used to help those who are suffering from anxiety, and this is either therapy or prescription medications.

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Anxiety – Questions asked by Concerned Candidates

What is anxiety is a question asked by many people who tend to feel confused when trying to decipher the difference between this illness as it is seen and that of others. Is anxiety an illness – is it an ailment or is it a disorder – yes anxiety is classed as all three. Different stages denote whether it is an illness or a disorder.

For the severe cases that show signs of stress which is escalating out of control is a sure way of telling that the patient is suffering from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety gives out a feeling of uneasiness. At some stage in a persons life there will have been times where they have experienced the discomfort of anxiety with anxious moments. Moments like this can arise when faced with dilemmas otherwise seen as stressful situations, for example before going for a job interview – sitting for an exam or during that of a worrying time through illness.

Most questions asked once again by concerned candidates is it normal to feel anxious when faced with something difficult or dangerous, yes everyone can suffer from anxious bouts – it is not an unusual response to stressful situations. It has been known to improve performance in some cases However, in the UK the one in ten people that suffer from anxiety are cases of severity where the anxiety interferes with their normal daily lifestyle. Excessive anxiety is notably directed or associated with many other psychiatric conditions, like depression. Anxiety is without the doubt considered abnormal when the signs or symptoms hang around longer than necessary – in other words, prolonged.
Another strong cause behind prognosis of severity is when the anxiety bouts develop to a stage where it takes hold over on how you live your life – once again meaning how it interferes with day to day activities.

If this being the case, then those anxious events is classed as an anxiety disorder – where medical treatment is needed The physical symptoms of anxiety are identified by how the brain sends signals to other parts of the body preparing for a fight or flight reaction. The human brain releases stress hormones, which includes adrenaline. Common symptoms that can occur are abdominal discomfort, rapid heartbeat or palpitations, dizziness, diarrhoea, shortness of breath, dry mouth, tightness or pain in the chest, frequent urination or finding it difficult to swallow.
Anxiety is seen as the culprit when a mental health problem is recognised, such as depression, alcohol abuse, personality disorder, even withdrawal from the long-term use of drugs or tranquillisers.

The signs to look out for when psychological anxiety is present are the inability to concentrate, fear of madness, insomnia, irritability or anger – even the common feeling of discomfort where loss of control of your actions is evident – which is a familiar symptom high on the list of the psychological side. Some types of anxieties are closely associated with physical illnesses which – can be a thyroid disorder. If treatment takes place for whatever the diagnosed illness is, then the anxiety can improve over time.

If at any time that you or a member of the family even a close friend are showing signs of stress-related concerns, then please consult with your doctor or call us here at Anxious Minds.

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Anxiety self-help

Nobody has any fun with persisting anxiety problems. Nobody understands your situation when you are suffering from anxiety until and unless that person himself or herself has suffered from anxiety. Therefore in such case intake of a pill can help your situation or you can learn a few courses of action of self-help, which would help your deal better when you are anxious.

However, you must know that if you are taking pills to make a living with anxiety better, then you might as well become physically and psychologically dependent on pills. So you must not count pills as the permanent solution. You won’t gain complete freedom of mind and satisfaction by taking pills. It is recommended that you seek doctor’s advice so that the cause of your anxiety can be detected at the initial stage.

You can always help your situation although the symptoms will never completely disappear. With the anxiety self-help tools, many people have learnt to deal better with anxiety.
Here are a few things that will help.

1.  Check your diet.

When we have a balanced diet, then our bodies tend to function better. If there are no adequate vitamins, minerals in our diet then it might lead to emotional and mental troubles.

Panic disorders can be caused due to a deficiency in the regular diet.  200 mg of calcium and 1000 mg of magnesium should be added to your regular diet. The inclusion of iron, potassium, selenium and chromium will help to deal you with anxiety self-help. Eating a lot of vegetables, whole grains and nuts can be taken as self-help tool in managing anxiety. You must avoid refined sugar, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee, and any else that has caffeine content like tea, coffee, or chocolate.

2.  Get some exercise.

Regular exercising will help your body to relax and relieve it from stress and also contribute to tone your body. Therefore exercising definitely helps in alleviating anxiety. You must include 30 minutes exercising program daily. Exercising helps in producing endorphins. You will see you feel better after you exercise.

3.  Learn how to relax.

It is important to learn to pursue activities that will help you to relax. Listening to music, talking to a friend, working on a crossword puzzle, read a good book, take a walk, a nap, paint a picture, or some other hobby?  Doing things that you enjoy will definitely help to alleviate your stress.

4.  Get enough sleep

If you are stressed and suffering from anxiety as a result, then try to get some deep and proper sleep. Sleep is a natural relaxer and sleeping will definitely do good to you when you are suffering from anxiety. Learn to let some of those other things go, and perform some anxiety self-help.

5.  Remove a negative attitude

There are various external forces that may add a negativity in you, which might lead to stress. Try and avoid developing any negative feelings. Such feelings can only spoil your day. In order to avoid such feelings grow in you may take help of the self-help methods and those are bound to help!
In short, it is advised that don’t external affairs stress you and aggravate your anxiety and you just make your living with anxiety easier by adopting some self-help measures.

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Anxiety Disorder and Changed Lives

Anxiety disorder affects many people around the world and is particularly common in Western and other industrialised countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. In the UK, anxiety disorders rank highly in the lengthy list of mental health problems experienced by many individuals on a daily basis. Medical studies show that there are about 28 million persons who suffer from anxiety disorder every year.

This condition may interfere with an individual’s work, studies, or family life. In some countries, these mental health conditions have been closely linked to high rates of alcohol and substance abuse.
Individuals who suffer from anxiety disorder tend to tire quickly, lack concentration, depression, and sleep disorder. Physical symptoms may include sweating, nausea, dizziness, stomach upset stomach, trembling, frequent need to urinate, muscle tension, and much more.

About 90 percent of individuals who suffer from anxiety disorder have histories of depression, social anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse. Medical studies suggest that there are six types of anxiety disorders in the adult population:

Panic Disorders – The primary symptom of panic disorder is the occurrence of panic attacks combined with fear of developing them again.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – This disorder is characterised by unwanted, interfering thoughts or repetitive behaviours that reflect a patient’s attempts to control it.

Phobias – It is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain, objects, activities, or persons. The primary symptoms of this condition are excessive, unreasonable, intention to factors that bring fear.
Stress Disorders – This condition is centred on adverse reactions to traumatic events in a patient’s life.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This condition is characterised by irrational worry about everyday, normal things like work, health, money, and other daily concerns.  People who suffer from GAD are often irritable and suffer from fatigue, headaches, and muscle tension.

Anxiety disorder due to physical causes. These include general medical conditions or developed because of substance abuse.

The causes and symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person and may produce physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioural symptoms. An individual’s ethnic or cultural background may also play a key role in the development of certain forms of anxiety. Genetic factors that may lead to a biochemical imbalance in the brain also influence the development of this condition. Medical researchers suggest that individuals who are exposed to abuse, violence, and poverty may lead to the development of anxiety disorder.

Sessions of psychotherapy may be enough to treat mild anxiety disorders. Many health professionals, however, encourage the use of medications coupled with psychotherapy to treat patients with severe cases of anxiety disorders. Because of many drugs and treatment for anxiety disorders, doctors may not be able to predict which combination is beneficial for a certain individual. There are cases that doctors may try a different medication or treatment over a period of six to eight weeks to assess their effectiveness.

Many health professionals encourage individuals affected with anxiety disorder to engage in physical activities like weight training, cardiovascular exercises, yoga, and other physical activities. These activities may help relieve anxiety and emotional tensions. Besides, these activities promote the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. These substances are produced by the brain and may help promote a state of bliss and relaxation. Individuals who are affected by anxiety disorders should seek the help of health professionals so that they can develop a treatment plan for their condition.

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Anxiety Is A Thief

Have you ever experienced anxiety? I wouldn’t hesitate to say that out of 100 adults surveyed; all 100 would tell you they have experienced some form of anxiety. Anxiety is a normal part of our existence. In the early years of man, fear and adrenalin served the purpose of keeping us alert to approaching danger. This kept us alive. Today, the anxiety that many of us feel is in response to ever increasing daily responsibilities and no increase in the amount of time available to take care of those responsibilities.

Some people, however, experience a far worse condition of anxiety. Anxiety attacks, or panic attacks, as they are often referred to, rob individuals of their ability to function normally. Fear seises their mind, numbing their capacity to think and process thought apparently. They are afraid to even breathe at times and sometimes unable to breathe normally.

This is a debilitating condition. Can you imagine being gripped by fear and panic, to the point that you could not even accomplish a simple trip to the grocery store? It is a daily situation for many adults. The greatest dilemma faced by the panic-stricken individual is the isolation many feels, and the inability to reach out to someone for help. The very nature of the disease isolates the patient and makes treatment options seem nonexistent. Seeking treatment would mean that they had to exist outside the comfort zone of their home, or their bedroom.

Often a person will experience circumstances that bring on severe anxiety or panic, and once the conditions causing the panic are resolved or dissipate, so does the anxiety. I don’t believe you can go through your entire adult life, and never experience some form of heightened anxiety. If you have responsibilities, children, loved ones, and friends, there is probably going to be a situation that causes you to experience severe anxiety. Some people never experience an attack. But many do, and for those people, it is a fleeting thing. But every once in a while, someone experiences anxiety and panic, and it begins to grow inside them. It consumes their life. For these people, simple responsibilities become scary situations.

The good news, in fact, the only bright spot I can see, in this disease, is that it is a condition readily treatable with counselling and the use of self-help techniques including meditation, mild medications, and biofeedback.

Empowering the individual and allowing them to take part in their own treatment is in itself a way to stop the anxiety and panic. Once a person begins to feel they are in control of their lives, again, you are even closer to banishing the overwhelming anxiety and fear. Since the onset of this disease is worsened by the individual’s belief in their inability to control their daily lives, reestablishing control is necessary.

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