- 9 Things You Should Know About Anxiety
9 Things You Should Know About Anxiety
If you or a loved one is dealing with anxiety or depression, there are a few things you should know about anxiety.
1. Anxiety doesn’t Move in a Straight Line
Panic and fear are straight-forward emotions for those who move through life without an anxiety disorder. But for a person with an anxiety disorder, things don’t work that way. Something minor that would merely be frustrating for anyone else, will cause the person with anxiety to think the worst, unable to control the extent of their worst fears until they’ve talked themselves into the worst possible scenario.
2. Anxiety is Irrational
A therapist compared it to having a faulty alarm system wired into your brain — rather than going off only when something is dangerous, the anxious person’s mental landscape falls apart over all kinds of inconsequential things.
3. Some Days are Good and Some Bad
Whether the person with anxiety is having a good anxiety day or a bad anxiety day is going to affect the way they react to the things and people around them.
4. Anxiety Hurts
Anxiety hurts and the pinnacle of the physical pain is when a panic attack strikes, tightening the chest, making it difficult to breathe. Tension from anxiety can also cause headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, muscle tension, insomnia, dizziness, and exhaustion. Some have deeply painful gastrointestinal responses to anxiety and some hold their muscles so rigidly that they end up tearing them. And, it hurts.[the_ad id=”2829″]
5. Not All Anxiety is Created Equal
Anxiety comes in many different varieties and flavors as do people’s experience with it. Some people deal with social anxiety; some have specific phobias; many come by it genetically; some develop anxiety as a result of a specific event and some people have anxiety due to their brain chemistry. A few of us overcome it, some manage it, many medicate it, some see a therapist and some don’t.
6. Depression and Anxiety are Linked
Not all anxious people have depression; not all depressed people have anxiety. But they are known within the mental health community as common companions — and, in fact, one can lead to the other. Those with anxiety are generally aware that there is a link between anxiety and depression and it’s safe to assume they’re pretty anxious about it.
7. Listening Can Help
Communities heavily stigmatize mental health issues, including anxiety. Consequently, many people don’t want other to know about their struggles. In fact, there are even people for whom that’s an active anxiety trigger.
8. Struggles with Anxiety Make us Who We are
Though our anxiety is something that we have to manage, it shapes choices we make, the way we look at the world, and even facets of our personality. To look at it as an enemy is to deny that part of ourselves any validity. Instead of thinking of anxiety as a disease, think of it as part of who you are. It’s okay to be an anxious person, and that’s something worth mentioning to the anxious people in your life.
9. It’s Okay to Ask How You can Help
Anxiety can make a possibility-spinners out of those who suffer from it, always looking at what could happen instead of what is happening. They can sense your annoyance and exhaustion in dealing with them, so the best thing to do is to ask what they would like you to do to help. You may be surprised how far a smile can go to lift them up.