Anxiety

Anxiety is a lot of different things for a lot of different people, but it usually boils down to the same result. Fear of the unknown. Anything can set it off, being in a crowded area, small spaces like an elevator, or the anticipation of being in a place you might encounter something or someone you choose not to encounter.

I’ve had it and taken medication for years and years. For me, it is the anticipation of being put in a situation I will be uncomfortable. Or seeing something like a wreck or someone injured. It is so many things rolled into one that cause it and so few that don’t.

For me, it feels like a tightening in my chest, like someone is squeezing me too hard, then my heart starts pounding and I start to lose my breath from breathing too fast. I have to consciously take control of my breathing and take deep, slow breaths. The tightening of my chest will ease, but won’t go away until I’m either out of the situation or have swallowed a pill.

What has put this world in such an anxious state of being? So many people have anxiety attacks/panic attacks these days. I wish I knew so I could control it…Control, that is exactly what causes these attacks, we feel we are not in control. But in most circumstances, we are in control. Control of our breathing, control of mingling in a crowded area and control of an elevator, because most of the time, they do not get stuck and most of the time crowds of people are there for a good time, or to celebrate something. I would never put myself in a position of a negative crowd, if I could at all help it, and neither would you. But going to the doctor’s office is sometimes crowded and that is a safe place yet I have anxiety attacks about the amount of people in the waiting room. I should not and end up doing deep breathing exercises to control myself.

If you are in a relationship that causes you anxiety, you need to step back and re-evaluate that relationship. It may not be the best thing for your mental health. Or physical health for that matter. Many people that have high anxiety are apt to have physical illnesses brought on by the stress of anxiety. Worrying about things that are out of our control is one thing, but being in a relationship that is toxic is another. I try to avoid toxic people. I’ve eliminated several people from my life that caused me anxiety and I am healthier for it.

I did some searching on the internet and found a website that gives some definition to each type of anxiety.
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I worry constantly about things that don’t even need to be worried about. I have trouble controlling my worrying and it makes me physically ill. Though I’ve been through 20 years of therapy, I still worry constantly about minute things.

Several things can help. Limit your caffeine intake and eliminate alcohol. Wikipedia says that panic attacks and anxiety attacks are different. From their explanation, I have to agree. Panic attacks are much more severe and cause the crushing chest pains, palpitations and other symptoms. Some also caused by anxiety attacks. It is a thin line between the two.

If you are feeling anxious or have panic attacks, try to read up on them and get help. Get out of the toxic relationship and/or whatever reason is causing you the unnecessary attacks. Below find some websites that might help.

https://www.adaa.org/
https://medlineplus.gov/anxiety.html
https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/anxiety-disorders

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