Why the Anxiety
Why the anxiety?
Studies show that many anxiety sufferers rarely reveal their condition to doctors or therapists.
As a result, it becomes very challenging to diagnose their condition. Your doctor may end up thinking that your problem is shyness yet the problem is an anxiety disorder.
When you see a doctor, take your time to talk and open up about your situation making it easy for your doctor to find the right treatment for you.
If you are always nervous every time, you think about some things in life such as social situations you should be ready to share this with your doctor.
Here is a list of things that social phobia/anxiety patients always fear.
Using public facilities, e.g. toilets.
Eating in public places
Talking or interacting with people at work
Going to crowded places
Going for a date
Every social situation
Social phobia and social anxiety sufferers will always come up with excuses to help them avoid the above-listed positions. They spend time thinking about what will happen to them, or that they will be embarrassed by appearing and talking to people.
Fear of appearing nervous and scared prevents them from attending social gatherings. They always fear that everyone will notice their concern and make them look incompetent and unable.
This condition then compels them to endure the stress that comes with anxiety. Anxiety is a condition that can lead to a lonely life.
Isolation then becomes part of life because there’s nothing that can convince you that the fear you’re going through does not exist.
Anxiety and fear
Everyone has a fight or flight response system in the body which is automatic. Biologically, physiological changes occur in the body during this response.
Here are the changes you will see when it happens.
High blood pressure that increases suddenly
Readiness of muscles
Increased rate of breathing
High energy levels
When the body senses that something is a threat it will produce adrenaline. When this danger is over, the response disappears, and you become normal again because of decreased adrenaline levels.
Fear is a regular thing in life. This fear triggers worry and anxiety about a specific situation that you do not want to go through. When a sufferer develops dread, he or she will start being nervous when it crosses their mind.
Because of constant fear, the brain gets triggered leading to symptoms that we shall look at later
Flight and fight system has one objective once the sufferer experiences it. The goal is to help a person to escape from situations that are dangerous.
Anxiety sufferers in fear being judged wrongly by people who are around them. This is the threat that pushes them into developing a phobia.
If you look at the danger, you will realise that it’s not real. They start thinking about the severity and consequences of humiliation and embarrassment Sufferers will do anything to evade something they see as a threat.
Being frightened is usually the first step when it comes to fear. It makes you uneasy every time you think of meeting friends, going out on a date or attending parties.
The symptoms of panic attacks are usually severe. Below is a list of these symptoms
Increased heart rate
After panic attacks, the severity of these symptoms varies from one person to the next. Anxiety, sweating and shaky voice is the most common symptoms of this condition.
The consequences of an event
compel the sufferer to avoid these situations and come up with escape strategies.
The impact of this fear on your confidence is always negative and can affect almost every aspect of your life.
What else leads to anxiety?
The lifestyle of a person can sometimes be the cause of the anxiety. Smoking, drinking alcohol and the use of caffeine can affect you negatively.
Different responses in the body get triggered by the things we eat or use. For example, stimulants trigger reactions in the body that can lead to fear and anxiety.
Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to anxiety. Alcohol can relieve you from fear, but this is not a long-term solution because once you are sober fear will still take over you.
Relying on it to avoid anxiety not only affects your confidence but it also affects different body organs, therefore, leading to ill health
Marijuana is another substance that should not be relied on to help you avoid anxiety.
After smoking this substance, you’ll feel relaxed, but this will not be a long-term solution to anxiety and fear.
Another possible cause of anxiety according to research is poor sleep and insufficient sleep. You should get enough sleep to help your body deal with anxiety and fear.
Regular exercise is an excellent way to avoid fear and anxiety. Studies indicate that exercising regularly increases the chances of managing anxiety well and overcoming it.