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Anxiety Disorder

Everyone has experienced some level of anxiety from time to time, and it is completely normal. It’s your body’s way of preparing for the fight-or-flight response. According to scientists, there was a time in our distant past when we were just as likely to be the prey as we were to be the predator. When faced with dangerous situations, the body’s natural reaction is to control the release of chemicals (endorfins) to give us a burst of speed and strength as needed for defense or escape. Today’s modern anxiety disorder has its roots in this ancient struggle.

While such a response may have been necessary early in our development, the truth is that we’re no longer chased by hostile cavemen or angry saber-toothed tigers. Yes, we can still face situations where our mental health may be in danger; the fight-or-flight response makes perfect sense under such conditions. However, we can also reproduce the same response when faced with things that won’t harm us at all.
And, that’s what anxiety is.

Most people experience anxiety when flying for the first time, speaking publicly, or while proposing marriage. Again, being anxious in these situations is normal. People with anxiety disorders are usually more involved in such events. They not only get anxious before events like those mentioned, but they can also get anxious about things that may never even happen. For example, if they are out for a walk, they may worry about getting hit by a car, even though the streets are empty. That may sound extreme to most people, but anyone that suffers from the condition can relate to such a situation.

The symptoms of an anxiety disorder are quite varied, and range in their intensity. Here are a few of the more typical symptoms:
shortness of breath,
heart palpitations,
fatigue,
headaches,
stomach pain, nausea and anxiety
pain in the chest,
sweating,
and feeling shaky.

These symptoms can of course be signs of other problems. That’s one reason why many people are unaware they have anxiety. For example, people may think they ate something that disagreed with them or suffer some degree of heartburn when, in reality it’s anxiety.

Treatments

Anxiety is usually treated with medication, therapy, or both. People with mild anxiety may not need any medication at all if they are able to learn techniques for coping with their behavior. These can include desensitizing, learning how to identify the onset of anxiety, interrupting the thought process, and then refocusing those thoughts in a more positive manner.

Medication may be prescribed if therapy doesn’t work on its own, or if it’s an extreme case of. There are several anxiety medications available, but it may take some trial and error before the right one is diagnosed with the correct dosage.
The main thing is to realize that an anxiety disorder is a treatable condition. It’s simply a matter of receiving the right diagnosis and then finding the treatment options that work best for you.

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Tips To Help You Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety may seem like it has an impact on every aspect of your being, but that doesn’t have to be so. Many people are able to reduce its effect on their lives, or even eliminate it completely, though many people still have problems. Ideas provided here can help guide you to appropriate methods for decreasing stress and controlling symptoms.

Breathe easy. When you start to feel anxious, try to concentrate on breathing correctly. Inhale through your nostrils for about two seconds, and then exhale through parted lips for four seconds. Continue this routine for a full minute. Once your breathing gets back to normal, follow it up with a couple of minutes of soothing, positive self-talk.

Think happy thoughts. If you have problems falling asleep at night because of anxiety, think about everything good in your life and the positive things you are going to do the next day. While it may seem hard to do at first, the more you do it, the more you will get used to it.

If your anxiety is triggered by external events, avoid watching the news, reading newspapers, and visiting news-related websites. To stay up-to-date on current events without increasing your exposure, find a news channel that broadcasts positive features in addition to negative stories.

Social interaction is a must for people, in order to survive. You will die slowly without any social interaction. It is also a big help when it comes to dealing with anxiety. Try talking to someone, and maybe, that person can help talk you through your anxiety by helping you sort things out.

Try not to watch the news often. Many times, the news is filled with all kinds of negative stories, about occurrences in your town, and around the world. When dealing with anxiety, you do not need to feed the anxiety or any more negative issues to dwell on. Turn off the TV, pick up a lighthearted book to read instead.

Think positively about your life. Before bed, list some of the positives in your life/ Upon rising repeat the good thoughts and adding more upbeat thoughts can prevent negative ones from entering your mind and help prevent negative feelings which fuel your anxiety.

To conquer any situation in which anxiety rears its head in a seemingly debilitating manner, do your best to characterize the situation you are facing as something far more positive than you ordinarily might. By viewing a stressful situation as a valuable opportunity to gain personal strength, you will find it far easier to handle than it would ordinarily have been.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Don’t suffer in silence. If you frequently suffer from attacks see a doctor or therapist who can help you to overcome them before they turns into other problems, such as panic attacks or generalized anxiety disorder. There are medications and therapies that will help vyou to overcome anxiety problems.

You will have much more hope for conquering your anxiety after reading this useful information. You can successfully manage it, though you may continue to experience anxiety symptoms throughout your life. The information you went over here should have you on the path to recover from your anxiety. What is the hold up?

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Why getting to know your family’s personal medical health history is important.

A family’ personal medical history is a record of health information about a person and his or her close relatives. A complete record includes information from three generations of relatives, including children, brothers and sisters, parents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, grandparents, and cousins.

Families have many factors in common, including their genes, environment, and lifestyle. Together, these factors can give clues to medical conditions that may run in a family. By noticing patterns of disorders among relatives, healthcare professionals can determine whether an individual, other family members, or future generations may be at an increased risk of developing a particular condition.

US Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov/

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Accepting Those Things You Can’t Control

Stress has always been such a difficult, reoccurring condition through out the course of people’s lives, that it so very important that we are able to distinguish between those problems with solutions, and those that are completely out of our control.

Many sources of stress, such as financial problems arising from an economic crisis or a serious illness and the passing of a relative, are stressors that you cannot change.

Decision making is impaired

During times of stress, our minds are confused and our decision-making abilities are impaired. This can make it hard to evaluate the components of our stress and to ultimately deal with and accept any given situation as it is. Having said that, despite the obstacles that anxiety and stress can put in our way, it may be possible to find peace in acceptance. Over time, this is a much better option than fighting against an inevitable conclusion.

Every time you think you have things in figured out something happens, and in a moment clarity is lost. If you are coping with things don’t go your way, it’s perfectly normal to be upset. Dwelling on the issue, however, is not healthy. When being upset is inevitable, try to identify any positive aspects of the situation that may have gone awry.

Personal disappointment can cause unhealthy levels of stress
Very often people find themselves in a state of anxiety following a major personal disappointment. Whether it’s due to difficult issues with loved ones, experiencing infidelity, or losing an important friendship, these are situations that put people under a high level of stress. To minimize the occurrence and effects of stress and anxiety, try to find peace by forgiving the offending wrongdoer.

Living in an imperfect world

While forgiveness can be hard to find within us when we are sad or angry, but it’s the best way to find closure and move on. We live in a less than perfect world where people can be expected to make mistakes all the time in . Accept this fact and offer your forgiveness. It’s a purifying act of love that is more than worth the emotional effort.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that the ‘everything happens for a reason’ perspective is very helpful in managing anxiety, stress, and irritability. If you can find the positive side of any situation, whenever you don’t succeed it will be easier for you to handle the letdown.