Understanding Anxiety

Uuugh . . . . . anxiety! By definition, anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior. For many the mere mention of the word can make someone suffering from anxiety manifest symptoms like heart palpations or tightness in the chest. Other symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, cold sweats and nervous behaviors can wreak havoc on someone’s perfectly healthy physical profile. If you feel like you or someone in your family may be suffering from anxiety, it is best to see a physician to rule out any other health complications.

Types of Anxiety

There are many different types of anxiety from post- traumatic stress disorder and phobias to separation anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. One of the most common anxiety disorders is general anxiety. Classic symptoms of general anxiety range from excessive worry, stomach aches or other stomach related issues, headaches, trouble sleeping, school or work refusal, and a general refusal to do things that seemed previously enjoyable.
Most people have dealt with anxiety at one time or another. Sometimes those suffering aren’t able to pinpoint the source or trigger point of the anxiety. This can leave patients feeling frustrated and more anxious because they don’t know why they are feeling this way. It is important to know that some anxiety is a normal part of life. If you can identify the triggers, then working toward eliminating them may ease your anxiety.

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Anxiety Triggers

Portable Electronic Devices (Cell phones, iPads and Computers) – These can cause adults much anxiety today. As technology becomes more advanced, the routine phone call is now one interruption after the other. Text messages, emails, phone calls, notifications from apps and calendar reminders are constantly dinging in our ears and on our screens. In this case, turning the cell phone off or placing it on the do not disturb setting can help you avoid feeling anxious.
Financial Matters – If financial issues cause anxiety, try to devote a set day and time to address any financial matters. If you are prepared to deal with the worrisome issue, often the anxiety is less.
Work – If something or someone at work is causing anxiety, speak to your manager or boss about. Supportive environments are important in dealing with anxiety.
Traffic -Remember to always allow extra time when traveling if traffic jams cause anxiety. Listen to some relaxing music in your vehicle. If possible, wait for rush hour to end before you leave for your commute home. Keeping an extra pair of tennis shoes handy is a good idea since exercise is one of the best weapons against anxiety. Let the traffic slow down, get in a workout and then hit the road home.

anxiety2When Should You Seek Medical Attention?

According to Georgia based primary care physician, Philip Kennedy, M.D., children should seek medical attention when they begin to have medical issues related to anxiety. Kennedy says that very commonly his adult patients will present with a physical complaint that is caused by anxiety. By seeking medical attention, physicians can rule out certain issues to reveal the true problem. Kennedy’s advice is simple. “Turn off negative TV and Internet news, attend church, speak with your pastor, get enough sleep, increase exercise, and if it starts to affect you physically or functionally, see your doctor.”