Dealing With Anxiety

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Dealing With Anxiety

The fast pace of the world we live in today – a pace which gets even faster and more demanding by the day – cannot be particularly healthy to the human frame. Everywhere you turn to there are deadlines to be met, bills to be paid, bosses to kiss up to and please, politically correct behaviors to maintain at work and play and many more highly demanding situations that we have found or should we say put ourselves into. All these pressure sources add up and result in certain unhealthy consequences.

As part of the human nature, we experience increased pulse rates, slight sweating, seemingly pounding hearts beats, palpitation in our stomachs and other evidence of nervousness. These symptoms are usually brought on when we are faced with situations we consider to be frightening, exciting, daunting, demanding, ground breaking to name but a few. If we are to look at these causes as they have been presented here, we could say that these feelings are normal human responses to these stimuli. A person experiencing these symptoms is said to be anxious.

Being anxious has been shown to be a sort of “drive” in a human being. This means that it can be a good thing. This obviously is a normal response to stress which has been proven to help people meet targets or goals. From this, you can understand phrases like “anxious to please,” “anxious to be of help” etc. It is an added drive that releases a person’s inner strength. It is up to this point that being anxious can be helpful. After this point, we begin to look at what can be medically referred to as Anxiety Disorder.

Dealing with anxiety

This disorder comes in different forms. There is the generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia and others. These disorders refer to more intense, anxious behavior which has the ability to negatively impact a person’s everyday live. This is the problematic stage, a stage which many people unfortunately find themselves in.

On-going studies have been attempting to take a deeper look into this disorder. Scientists are currently studying the relationship between these disorders and environmental factors like pollution, stress (both physical and psychological), diet and genes among other things. Finding the links in all these would improve both the prevention and treatment of this disorder.

We earlier noted that anxiety is a part of life and is quite helpful in some ways. It is however necessary to understand that this helpful type is a mild and brief form. When it is a disorder, it lasts for at least 6 months and can get even worse if it is not promptly and properly treated. Due to the severe and life damaging effects of this disorder, it is important for people to understand who is at risk and how it can be treated or prevented.

Studies have shown that certain persons are more likely to suffer from this condition. A survey revealed that women are 60% more likely to suffer from this condition. Blacks are said to be 20% less likely to suffer this condition while Hispanics are said to be 30% less likely to suffer from this condition. Why this is so is not clear at this time. Hopefully, more information would emerge as studies continue.

These disorders are usually accompanied by other physical or mental conditions. It is important that they are properly diagnosed and treated because in many cases, these disorders cannot be properly treated unless the accompanying physical or mental illness is addressed.

Making a diagnoses based only on the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders may not yield a correct result. It is critical that proper and in-depth evaluation be carried out to determine if the symptoms were indeed caused by these disorders or by other physical or mental conditions.

For the treatment of disorders arising from anxiety, there can be a psycho-therapeutic approach and a medical approach. In many cases both approaches are combined for a more effective result. A treatment is usually based on an individual’s case and or preference. Some people try to avoid ingesting medication because of the possible side effects. Others prefer medication to spending time with a “shrink.” Sometimes however, the case is too far gone for the individual to make this decision. The decision is then left to either the next of kin or the attending physician.

Treating people with this disorder requires extreme care and vigilance. A patient may not be a first time patient. It is important that the present attending physician confirms whether or not the patient has had previous treatment. It is also important to know what treatment was administered and the dosage. In addition to this, the effect of the treatment should also be confirmed before a new treatment is administered.

Another thing that patient’s should be aware of is the importance of the duration of the treatment. A person could conclude that a particular treatment did not work or was not effective when actually they did not take it for the required length of time. Treatment MUST be taken fully and completely before a verdict for or against the treatment can be given with certainty.

There is a misconception that should be corrected. The treatment of this disorder cannot be completely achieved through medication alone. In fact, medication would not cure the disorder. What medication does is actually keep it in check. This would allow the patient receive the necessary therapy. Many people make the mistake of thinking they are cured simply because they started feeling better after taken some medication. Such individuals soon realize that as soon as they stop taking their medication, they begin to experience a decline into their former state. To achieve full recovery and avoid dependence on medication, full psycho-therapeutic treatment should accompany the medication.

The drugs usually used in these treatments are: antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and beta-blockers. These are more like palliatives.

There are many people suffering different stages of anxiety disorders. Some cases can actually seem to have gotten out of hand. It is important for both these patients and their loved ones to know that with proper treatment, they can lead a normal life. They are not crazy; they just need some professional help. The society we live in puts a lot of pressure on us and we respond to this pressure in different ways. Getting professional help can help these people get their lives back.

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