What is Anxiety – Seeing beyond the surface

February 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Anxiety

Anxiety is generally a normal response of the body. When animals or human are faced with a situation where they are physically (or emotionally) threatened, the body responds to his situation accordingly: the hear rate and the breathing increases, the hormones are released and the thought quickens to allow the organism rapid and quick action. This is called the “flight or fight” mechanism.

But when anxiety or panic attacks happen out of the blue, without an apparent reason at all, then this may be a disorder known as a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. People with this disorder seem to always expect something bad to happen and are very worrisome and fearful. Anxiety symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, heart palpitations, nausea, dizziness and chocking may occur whenever anxiety attacks strikes. These attacks happen out of the blue and unexpectedly.

One of the main reasons that anxiety occur is when people experience personal problems, stress at the work place and experience a loss that he or she may not be able to cope with. Although these causes are considered short-term and temporary, anxiety disorders, when left undiagnosed and untreated could remain and could affect the rest of the person’s life long after these problems are gone. Most people who have prolonged anxiety disorder have this condition because they were never diagnosed earlier as they should. When people are inflicted with this problem, they usually keep this to themselves or are sometimes not aware that they have this disorder in the first place.

Sometimes, anxiety can be treated at home or by the patient themselves. It just needs a little change in perception to take these unnecessary worries away. What can you do? Well for starters, you can sit down and think what is really causing his your and anxiety; a personal problem, too much workload at the office, an unsolved problem. And once you have pinpointed this cause, than try to make an action plan on how to attack the problem. Sometimes, you can never do it on your own, so if this happens, never hesitate to ask for help.

But when anxiety symptoms are already beyond your control, then the only thing you need to do is be brave enough to realize this problem and simply ask for medical help.

So just like any other medical condition, early diagnosis is the key to early treatment and faster recovery. One of the most common and effective ways of treating Generalize Anxiety Disorder is through behavioral therapy. Therapists and experts train their patients to see outside the box and beyond the fear –to see reality, that there is no reason for them to be afraid or to be anxious at all.

Some doctors may prescribe anti-anxiety drugs but for those who do not want to go under medication, you can always opt for the natural way of treatment. There are numerous natural remedies for anxiety available for everyone to chose. Still, it would be recommended that you get the opinion of a physician regarding these treatments as some of them may not be effective at all.