Anxiety-A serious Health problem

Anxiety-A serious Health problem

Anxiety - a serious health problem

Anxiety and Depression are marked as world’s number one social problem of the human race. Though there are diagnostic tests and treatments are available, but majority of the cases patients themselves are not aware that they are suffering from Anxiety or depression. In many cases it gets ignored as an emotional outburst to any situation or reaction to daily stress, but if one observes recurrent occurrence of such behavioral patterns, then they should get it diagnosed and plan the treatment to lead a happy and healthy and Anxiety free life.

Research Indicates, that anxiety and depression are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Anxiety is a body's natural reaction to stress. Feeling anxious from time to time is fairly normal, but when Anxiety starts interrupting with your daily thoughts and regular activities, that is the first sign of anxiety disorder. Certain situations that are happening again and again, which suddenly results into reactions such as anger, fear or emotional doldrums for an Individual, it can result into anxiety or depression. Whenever the person encounters such situation all these reactions automatically gets triggered and person gets into anxiety mode. Its severity ranges from mild to intense. To understand if you are suffering from anxiety disorder, you must observe your reactions to such situations.  

Typically, in an anxiety situation of an individual the heart starts beating faster, mind goes blank or you may get the feeling of nausea. Irritation in throat, flushed cheeks, stressed muscles are some of the common symptoms felt during anxiety. Suicidal thoughts also bud along with these kinds of physical reactions. Various thoughts such as, “Oh, what are they thinking of me??” “Am I a loser?”, “why this is happening to me?” etc rush into your mind continuously. These feelings can interfere with your daily activities such as job performance, school work and relationships.

Anxiety disorders - classified

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Phobias sometimes can also be considered as a specific case of Anxiety.

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Worrying too much about your health, your daily activities, and your safety, money you have been saving or investing in leads to General Anxiety Disorder. Insomnia is often seen to be accompanied by GAD.

Social Anxiety Disorder: It is also termed as “Social Phobia”. Fear of being humiliated by someone in a public place or unnecessary self-consciousness in any public gathering leads to Social Anxiety Disorder.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):  if a person suffered from a traumatic life event, PTSD can be felt post such event. Re-living the intense traumatic life event in dreams or thoughts can shatter you from inside. These are considered as panic attacks.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Obsessive thoughts of contamination of something, resources being wasted leading to repeating an ordinary activity multiple times a day.

Phobias: Unreasonable fear of some specific situations or things leads to Phobias. Almost every person on this planet has some kind of Phobia. Some fear of creepy animals, some fear of heights and some fear of being alone.

Well, all the categories mentioned above leads to health problems one or the other way. When any of these types of Anxiety becomes chronic, it can seriously affect organs like heart or brain. A person suffering from chronic stress and anxiety is more likely to suffer from Cardio vascular problems. Chronic anxiety attacks have a major impact on the brain. In anxiety situation brain releases cortical hormone to balance the psychological condition of the body, this hormones boost blood sugar levels and blood fats that initiate feeling of nausea, heavy breathing, continuous sweating, dizziness and much more. Studies have proved that anxiety also affects the digestion process that can lead to serious stomach issues causing reflux, diarrhoea, and loss of bowel controls.

How to overcome Anxiety?

Although it is not so easy to overcome the effects of anxiety but it’s not impossible. There are many options that can be pursued to reduce the stress levels and avoid getting into serious health issues.

Visit a doctor: First and most important – get it diagnosed. It is always advisable to visit a doctor/specialist before you start trying different ways to reduce the anxiety. It has been observed that sometimes people don’t get to know the reason of their anxiety and hence cannot resolve the problem.  As a primary diagnostic step, the physician should suggest blood tests such as CBC (complete blood count) and Vitamin D, B12 tests, to rule out possibility of anxiety due to deficiencies of micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals), lower platelet and eosinophil counts. Lower counts of these indicate weaker immune system which can lead to lower body stamina to perform daily routine and causes anxiety and fatigue. In severe cases consultation to psychologist is recommended for the patient.

Yoga: Yoga is one of the most popular, tried and tested way to reduce anxiety. Following basic yoga regularly helps in keeping the body in harmony and generates a good amount of confidence. Aerobics is also a good way to train the body to deal with stressed situations.

Meditation: Daily meditation can help you untag yourself from unnecessary worries and stress.

Try to socialize: Keeping yourself isolated from the outside world will not help you rather it will set a stage for stress. Connecting with friends, sharing worries will help you reducing the anxiety.

Avoid Caffeine: Consumption of caffeine affects the nervous system which triggers adrenaline rush and will make you feel jittery, instead, consume green tea.

On a Positive note - sometimes anxiety can also help you achieve one of your greatest fears. If used constructively, anxiety can lead to sense of motivation to achieve better outcomes in life. Positive thinking can give wonderful results and help in overcoming Anxiety. So, do not let anxiety take control on you.

Think Positive and Stay healthy!

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