Recognizing Anxiety

Anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways, and there may be times when you don't recognize its symptoms. Most people think of anxiety in the context of feeling nervous and upset. These are good signs of anxiety, but prolonged and chronic anxiety can affect your mind and body in far more ways. When we find ourselves in too many situations that make us feel anxious, we sometimes develop an anxiety "habit". Our minds get so used to feeling anxious that they don't know how to turn it off when it's no longer necessary.

Our minds and bodies all have an innate "fight or flight" response to certain stresses, which in many instances can save us from dangerous situations. Adrenaline is released into our systems for instant energy, our heart rates increase and we become more "sensitized" to surrounding stimulus. Unfortunately, our minds often perceive some situations as dangerous when they actually are not. Living in today's society can be stressful, and the more our subconscious minds perceive situations as dangerous, the more they employ the "fight or flight" response. With no real outlet for this, we develop symptoms of chronic anxiety that are present all the time.

Some common psychological symptoms of chronic anxiety are: irritability, depression, insomnia, phobias, and hypersensitivity to common stimulus such as noise or certain sights. Common physical symptoms of chronic anxiety are: shakiness, fast heart rate, dizziness, digestive upset, headaches, muscle aches, and skin conditions. These are only some of the psychological and physical symptoms of chronic anxiety, so it is easy to see how this condition can negatively affect your life. If you have any of these symptoms and suspect that you may be suffering from chronic anxiety, you should consult with your physician right away. Together you and your physician can devise a plan to help you battle this debilitating condition.

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