Lately, I’ve been having a steady stream of people contacting me for reasons of anxiety. One brother called me while driving his truck cross country saying he had suddenly been overcome with strong sensations of anxiety. His heart was pounding and beating faster. He was feeling dizzy and light headed. He said the anxious feelings came out of nowhere, and took him by surprise.
Then there was a young sister who came in to see me complaining of social anxiety. She feels uncomfortable going out and meeting people. She added that she gets nervous with large numbers of people like in school or shopping malls, and it makes her heart beats faster and panicky.
When something major is going on in your life eg. completing your assignment to meet the deadline, or meeting your in-laws for the first time or having an argument with your spouse, it is normal to feel anxious. However, if you suffer from anxiety on a regular basis, even when there is nothing particularly stressful is going on, that could indicate that you have chronic anxiety and that is something that should be addressed.
Anxiety means you are feeling worried, nervous or uneasy about something that you are not sure of the outcome. And because you are not sure if it will go your way or against you, it creates worry and anxiety in your mind. Anxiety is always based on worrying about the future. On the other hand, depression is getting stuck in life worrying about the past.
Anxiety produces results on both physical and emotional level. On the physical level, anxiety can cause a person to experience pain, nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, light-headedness, diarrhea, and frequent urination, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or migraine headache. It is also known to lead to heart disease, chronic respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions.
A study done in New Zealand in 2007 found that people with high anxiety levels develop IBS. Other studies show that patients with anxiety and panic attacks soon develop chronic respiratory diseases like asthma.
In the Nurses’ Health Study, women with the highest levels of phobic anxiety were 59% more likely to have a heart attack, and 31% more likely to die from one. Data from 3,300 postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative showed that a history of full-blown panic attacks tripled the risk of a coronary event or stroke.
Two studies — one involving Harvard Medical School and the Lown Cardiovascular Research Institute; the other, several Canadian medical colleges — concluded that among both men and women with established heart disease, those suffering from an anxiety disorder were twice as likely to have a heart attack as those with no history of anxiety disorders.
How To Tell If You Have Chronic Anxiety
If you’re wondering if you’re dealing with an anxiety problem, watch out for the following signs.
Constantly Stressed Out
- If you feel stressed about your work, personal or family life all the time – even when nothing particularly stressful is going on – you may have anxiety. The cornerstone of an anxiety disorder is excessive worry about everything, both large and small.
- If your sleep trouble has become chronic and you find that you stay up at night because you’re agitated or worried – either about specific issues or nothing in particular – it could point to an anxiety disorder. Another sleep problem that may result from anxiety is waking up with a racing mind and feeling anxious and wired.
- When the fear is out of proportion to the actual risk involved, it’s a sign of a phobia, which is a type of anxiety. For instance, if you have an overwhelming fear of flying and feel very anxious just sitting in a plane, that can indicate you have a phobia of flying, which is a form of anxiety.
Your Muscles Are Tense
- Anxiety disorders are commonly accompanied by muscle tension, which can include regularly flexing your muscles, tightly balling up your firsts or clenching your jaw. Some people live with this type of muscle tension for so long that they don’t even notice the pain or habits anymore. It’s important to understand that this is a symptom of anxiety.
Chronic Digestive Problems
- Digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and indigestion, are common signs of anxiety. IBS is characterized by bloating, cramping, gas, stomachaches, diarrhea and constipation.
- Everyday situations, even a simple one-on-one conversation with a person you know, can spark social anxiety disorder and make you feel self-conscious. Even when nobody is really focused on you, it can feel like everyone’s watching you. Symptoms of this type of anxiety include blushing, nausea, sweating, trembling and difficulty speaking.
Panic attacks can come on quickly and feel absolutely awful. The gripping feeling can get you suddenly and you can feel a helplessness that lasts for several minutes that feel like they’re never-ending. Additionally, there are a host of terrifying symptoms that may happen when you have a panic attack, including trouble breathing, a racing heart, tingling hands, weakness, dizziness, chest pain, stomach pain and feeling intensely hot or cold.
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