Being anxious is a normal emotion that we face in our daily life; however, it can turn into a prison that locks you out of your life.
When a normal person gets anxious, his thoughts go from “I’m scared of tomorrow’s exam” to “God, please I don’t want to fail”, because we all go through these thoughts; often being scared of something that might happen and you’re currently going through it. And for a person with anxiety disorder, their thoughts go from “I’m scared of tomorrow’s exam” to “I’ll already fail like I always do. I’m a failure. Maybe I shouldn’t go to the test.”
Thoughts like this go through an anxious mind every day and every hour, but change depending on different situations that they face through out heir daily lives. In the book “Mind over mood“, its explain how for some people, anxiety seems like a mystery that they don’t understand, especially if it’s “out of the blue”. Anxiety is often used to describe the moment of distress before and during challenging life experience, such as applying for a job interview or having a test. It is also used to describe other relentless types of anxiety, such as Phobias (specific fear of things or situations, like fear of heights, insects, and fire etc.), Social Anxiety (the fear of appearing foolish, or criticized and unaccepted in society), Panic Disorder (the intense feelings of anxiety that the person often feels as if they were going to die or about to lose their mind), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (unstoppably repeated memories of a certain trauma with high level of distress), Health Worries (present worries of having an illness or a physical problem even if the medical tests show otherwise), and finally; Generalized Anxiety Disorder ( frequent worries and having physical symptoms of anxiety).
Avoidance is the most common behavior when feeling anxious. And on top of that, there are many physical symptoms associated with anxiety; including shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, sweating, muscle tension, shakiness, dizziness, nausea or stomach problems, hot flashes or chills, restlessness and even difficulty swallowing.
Anxiety disorder doesn’t have a specific reason for affecting someone’s mind, yet life experiences can contribute to or trigger anxiety. According to the previously mentioned book, Trauma (as being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused or bullied; being in a car accident; being in a war); illnesses or deaths; things that we are taught (“don’t talk to anyone on the streets,” “cigarettes lead to death”); things we observe (an article in the newspaper about a plane crash); and experiences that seem too much to handle (giving a public speech or a presentation) can all lead to feelings of anxiety.
But aside from the black color that has been painted on your screen since the beginning of this article, the white lines are yet to be drawn. Anxiety can be managed and maintained to normal by seeking the help of a psychologist or a psychiatrist. A psychologist will help you understand what is going exactly in your mind, they ,might discuss with you the life situations you go through, and help you seek the right track into a better social life without the fear of the non-existent. A psychiatrist, however, talks with you and understands your symptoms in order to find out if you really need medication or if you only need to talk and understand yourself, and according to that, they provide you with the right treatment.
Personally, I recommend that you visit both to understand what kind of clutter and thoughts run in your mind and how to control it, and if needed, use the help of your medication. However, you have to bear in mind that these doctors won’t benefit you unless you really want to get better and have the courage to get over your illness.
Now, get up from your bed, call your friends and hang out with them. Nothing bad is going to happen because you’re a warrior, wielding your sword against all fears.