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Life with an Anxiety Disorder

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 0

One of the most common disorders out there are anxiety related mental disorders. Many people in the United States struggle with anxiety and it's becoming an increasing concern. I'm sure the billions of Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts out there are not helping those with the disorder. In fact caffeinated beverages increase anxiety in some people, especially when consumed in large doses. If you're one of those morning coffee drinkers who go back for a third and even fourth cup, you might want to reconsider your choice of drink for your shift at the office. We are a hyperactive country, due to our addiction to caffeine. Another huge problem in the United States; energy drinks. Most cans of Monster or Redbull contain more than then one serving of caffeine, ginseng and other strong concoctions. They are healthy in moderation as all things bad, but when consumed by someone suffering from anxiety, the effects can be more intense. 

 

It may start with a strange sensation of fear, suddenly you are an actor or actress in a horror movie and the script is giving you the chills for real. You begin to feel like the air in the room is getting thick, the weight of the air beginning to feel like it could crush your lungs and steal every your breath. You may feel like you are about to die, or have a heart attack. Your chest may feel tight, like it is beginning to fill with a toxic chemical. You may feel nauseous or dizzy. You might feel like you’re going to faint; your vision may begin to blur. It is a serious matter. It is the scary truth of anxiety. 

Many people close to me struggle with anxiety, causing them to cancel plans with friends, or miss important deadlines at school or work. I've also suffered from anxiety for years, but through a change in the way I think and perceive the world, I've learned to handle the anxiety better. 

 An anxiety disorder involves a general feeling of immense fear or danger, which can overwhelm the individual in a way that causes them to avoid the situation, event, or substance that is giving them the feeling. Anxiety disorders are associated with neurotic disorders. The person suffering from an anxiety disorder may experience feelings of self-pity or defeat, but they are still in touch with reality. Anxiety disorders are not psychotic disorders. The feelings attached to an anxiety disorder are experienced in an emotional state, and these feeling’s often negatively affect the person’s daily life. The difference between an anxiety disorder and a general feeling of fear is whether or not real danger exists for the individual. A person with an anxiety disorder will feel fear without reason or explanation; they may feel danger without there being evidence of this sensation. An anxiety disorder often causes the person to feel fear without reason, leading to a strong sensation of panic that can lead to unpleasant emotions or feelings usually regarding the future or things out of the person’s control. Some feelings of anxiety can lead to panic attacks, which can cause the individual to escape from a situation or event that is causing their panicked symptoms. 

Many anxiety disorders can be taken care of with medication. Some may feel a weekly visit to a therapist or psychiatrist is in order, but I believe there are ways to lessen the anxious symptoms on your own. Stimulate your mind away from the anxious thoughts and panicked feeling. Try to focus your mind on an activity that can calm your nerves and give you balance: such as painting, drawing, sewing, cooking, reading, writing, exercising, singing, or playing an instrument. Just keep in mind, you will survive these feelings, and you are not alone! 

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