All of us have experienced some form of anxiety in our lives; those
sweating palms before the start of an examination; the pounding heart on
going to the stage are all features of anxiety.
little anxiety is good in the way that it helps us focus on the task at
hand and the body also channels it resources to meet the demands of the
job. All of us experience milder forms of anxiety - stress, worry or
tension - but when these symptoms collect (or are denied), they can
quickly build upto a crescendo. This kind of an anxiety can be severly
Features of Anxiety
People who suffer from anxiety tend to experience physical symptoms
such as palpitations, tremors, sweating, gastrointestinal discomfort,
diarrhoea, muscle tension, shortness of breath, blushing and confusion.
The first step in diagnosing an anxiety disorder is to rule out a
physical cause: asthma, diabetes, seizure disorder, inner ear problems
and hypothyroidism can all produce symptoms associated with anxiety.
Physical conditions can create or exacerbate anxiety as well. Also,
those who suffer from cumulative stress may create a physiological
condition (such as insomnia or impotence) that in turn makes the stress
worse - initiating a destructive cycle. Over time, stress can raise
blood pressure,contribute to ulcers, or impair neuroendocrine regulatory
systems in the brain - the very one which control mood and anxiety
Without early intervention, some anxiety cases can become chronic. But
many people - especially men - feel that seeking help is a sign of
weakness. This is true for nearly all anxiety or mental health problems.
Experts believe that some of the fault lies in our culture, in which
men aren't supposed to be fearful. Men buy into this myth themselves,
say psychologists. They'll insist that it's a medical condition, like a
cardiac arrest, even after that's been ruled out. The fact is, with true
panic, the experience in the body feels almost the same as a heart
10 ways to cope
What will help?
- Admit your need, and then seek
- Have a physician check for a
physical cause of anxiety symptoms.
- Practise muscle relaxation and
abdominal breathing regularly.
- Engage in regular physical
- Eat nutritiously. Eliminate
caffeine. Stop smoking.
- Practise meditation and creative
- Learn positive self-talk and
disregard negative messages.
- Identify and express your fears.
- Determine what meditation and / or
alternative therapies are right for you.
- Explore the deeper side of your
anxiety; give meaning to your suffering.