Prevention First

ANXIETY

Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear.

Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional and behavioral components. These components combine to create an unpleasant feeling that is typically associated with uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Anxiety is a generalized mood condition that can often occur without an identifiable triggering stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from fear, which occurs in the presence of an observed threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.

Causes

  • The exact cause of anxiety is not fully known, but a number of factors including genetics, brain chemistry and environmental stresses appear to contribute to its development.
  • Genetics: Some research suggests that family history plays a part in increasing the likelihood that a person will develop anxiety. This means that the tendency to develop anxiety may be passed on in families.
  • Brain chemistry: anxiety has been associated with abnormal levels of certain chemical messengers in the brain. They help move information from nerve cell to nerve cell. If disturbed they can alter the way the brain reacts in certain situations, leading to anxiety.
  • Environmental factors: Trauma and stressful events, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools, may lead to anxiety. It may become worse during periods of stress. The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, can also worsen anxiety.
  • Certain drugs, both recreational and medicinal, can lead to symptoms of anxiety due to either side effects or withdrawal from the drug. Such drugs include: Alcohol, Amphetamines, Bronchodilators etc.
  • Anxiety can have a number of different causes. It is a multidimensional response to stimuli in the person's environment, or a response to an internal stimulus.
  • A child's genetics, biochemistry, environment, history and psychological profile all seem to contribute to the development of anxiety disorders. Most children with these disorders seem to have a biological vulnerability to stress.

Symptoms

  • Weight Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Palpitations
  • Nervousness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lightheadedness
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Missed Period
  • Diaphoresis
  • Unable to Concentrate
  • Headache
  • Worried
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Anxiety Attack
  • Acting Out
  • Sleepwalking
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Increase In Blood Pressure
  • Restless Sleep
  • Difficulty Staying Asleep
  • Disturbed Sleep Pattern
  • Unrefreshed By Sleep

Prevention and risk

  • In systemic desensitization the potential for extreme panic reactions occur, which can increase the phobia, this technique should only be conducted by a well-qualified, trained professional.
  • Humans have significant control over thoughts and therefore, may learn ways of preventing anxiety by changing irrational ideas and beliefs. Humans also have some power over anxiety arising from social and environmental conditions.
  • Parents can help their child respond to stress by taking the following steps: providing a safe, secure, familiar and consistent home life being selective in the types of television programs that children watch.
  • Meditation allows you to become more awake and more deliberate about your actions. It teaches you how to respond rather than react to situations in your life.
  • You can help reduce the effects of aging by following this simple advice: Take care of yourself. Habits that keep your body functioning at its best are the same things that promote an active, confidant bearing.
  • A labyrinth is a patterned path, often circular in form, used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. A labyrinth's walkway is arranged in such a way that the participant moves back and forth across the circular form which helps to reduce anxiety.
  • Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation and enhance personal and spiritual well being.
  • Question: Can exercise help reduce a person's stress level? Answer: Yes. Research has found that there are mental health benefits from exercise, including reduced stress and increased confidence for those who exercise regularly.