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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

All Of Us Have To Deal With Anxiety

If you never have days when you're not a little nervous or stressed-out about something, you're probably not fully alive or human. Everyone gets upset, jittery, anxious, fearful or filled with dread on occasion; this is a natural part of the human condition. But what happens if you're always feeling anxious or afraid - so anxious and afraid that your fears and anxieties stop you from living a normal life?

The same way as our body reacts, it can also save us from danger. May be we feel unpleasant, it really stimulates an individual to become more cautious and concentrated upon. However, there are some occasions where we may experience a feel of uneasiness and worrisome immensely so much so that it casts a negative effect on a person's life.

An anxiety disorder can be manifested in symptoms such as restlessness, fear, worry and irritability. Medical symptoms include an increased heart rate, breathlessness, excessive sweating, insomnia and nausea. Anxiety also causes depression because these symptoms also lead to it.

Anxiety attacks may also be called panic attacks. Such attacks, which can last about ten minutes or so, can manifest themselves in extremely frightening ways. Sometimes the sufferer may feel like he is dying. Some of the physical manifestations can include heart palpitations, chest pains, hyperventilation and hot flashes. Some mental manifestations can include mania, a feeling of detachment, and an overwhelming sense of panic.

The treatment for such disorders can involve therapy, medication or a combination of the two. Cognitive behavioral therapy is strongly recommended. This is a form of treatment in which the patient, with the help of a psychiatrist, is trained to recognize and confront disturbing thought patterns. The patient then learns how to deal with these patterns by being taught how to separate real and non-real thoughts. One may also be taught how to regain a sense of control of situations that can trigger such negative thoughts and emotions that can lead to manifestations of this disorder.

Medications and Relaxation techniques also help a victim to gain control of this disorder. Meditation, Yoga and breathing exercises reduce feelings of anxiety to a large extent.

Majority of people opt for medications to combat this situation. However, the drugs available, ranging from beta blockers to beta blockers to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors to Benzodiazepines can only alleviate the anxiety symptoms and not to eradicate it from the root. All these are having various mechanisms of action; however these medicines can control manifestations of anxiety disorders. One of the main draw backs of these drugs is that it ultimately make a patient an addict to this treatment because of its overdependence due to prolonged application.

There is another treatment for this anxiety disorder and that is changing a person's life style in the form of adequate sleep, having a balanced diet, doing exercises to improve overall body health. All these activities help an individual to reduce his stress and allow all his organs to function normal thereby extremely minimizing the physical manifestations of anxiety disorders.

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