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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 18:03

Anxiety

Some degree of anxiety is perfectly normal. We all experience situations that make us fearful and apprehensions. However, there are some people who feel anxious even when there is no discernible cause. In these cases, the anxiety usually becomes overwhelming and may interfere with day to day functioning. People who regularly have a debilitating level of anxiety are suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain and, perhaps, fearful at the thought of sitting an exam, going into hospital, attending an interview or starting a new job. You may worry about feeling uncomfortable, appearing foolish or how successful you will be. In turn, these worries can affect your sleep, appetite and ability to concentrate. If everything goes well, the anxiety will go away.
Short-term anxiety can be useful. Feeling nervous before an exam can make you feel more alert, and enhance your performance. However, if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you, your ability to concentrate and do well may suffer.
Anxiety can be triggered by a number of factors. Something distressing may have happened to you in the past, and because you were unable to deal with the emotions at the time, you may become anxious about encountering the situation again, just in case it stirs up the same feelings of distress.
You may worry about the future. Sometimes, if we feel we are not in control of different aspects of our lives, we can start to feel anxious about events beyond our control, such as the threat of nuclear war, of being attacked, of developing cancer, or of losing a job.
Anxiety will have an effect on both the body and the mind.
 

Symptoms of anxiety disorders


Anxiety disorders can cause both psychological and physical symptoms.
If you have an anxiety disorder, your main symptom will be feeling anxious. However, this can lead to other psychological symptoms such as:
• sleeping difficulties (insomnia)
• feeling tired
• being irritable or quick to get angry
• being unable to concentrate
• a fear that you're 'going mad'
• feeling out of control of your actions, or detached from your surroundings
When you're anxious, you may also have a range of physical symptoms. This is caused by the release of the hormone adrenaline – your body's so-called 'fight or flight' response. Physical symptoms of anxiety include:
• discomfort in your abdomen (tummy)
• diarrhoea
• dry mouth
• rapid heartbeat or palpitations
• tightness or pain in your chest
• shortness of breath
• dizziness
• needing to urinate more often than usual
• difficulty swallowing
• shaking
These symptoms may be caused by problems other than anxiety disorders. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor for advice
There are many ways to control your anxiety one of them is Bowen Therapy. Complementary therapies can help you to relax, sleep better, and deal with the symptoms of anxiety.
 

Stress

Stress is all around us. It’s become normal part of daily life. But over time, its effects can become taxing, both mentally and physically. Stress becomes a problem when you feel overwhelmed by its challenges. And though it may be difficult to define, that doesn’t mean it’s all in your head. Researchers have found that significant biological changes take place in the body during periods of stress. And extended periods of stress can cause destructive changes in the body, such as depression and a suppressed immune system, which can eventually lead to heart disease, cancer, and stroke. So if you are feeling stressed out, it’s time to get some relief. Learn about stress: how to identify it, and how to find relief.
We all experience stressful situations and events throughout our lives. Sometimes the stress is temporary, such as being stuck in a traffic jam. Other times, such as when a loved one passes away, the stress can be more intense and long lasting. Stress can manifest in our lives through physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms. These symptoms may vary in duration and intensity depending upon the stressor. Under normal conditions, these symptoms will dissipate with time. However, if stress builds up and becomes overwhelming, the symptoms of stress may become chronic. Here’s a look at some of the classic symptoms of stress.
 

Physical symptoms

The physical symptoms of stress can often mimic the symptoms of other illnesses, such as ulcers, spinal problems, asthma, or cardiovascular disorders. Nevertheless, you should not make any assumptions. If you’re unsure of the cause of your symptoms, you should seek the advice of a qualified health care professional.
The following physical symptoms may be the result of, or at least aggravated by stress:
• sleep disturbances
• heart pounding
• back, shoulder or neck pain
• tension headaches or migraines
• skin rashes
• indigestion, cramps, heartburn, gas, irritable bowel syndrome
• constipation, diarrhoea
• nausea
• weight gain or loss, eating disorders
• hair loss
• muscle tension
• tightness or a “knot” in the stomach
• fatigue
• high blood pressure
• irregular heartbeat, palpitations
• asthma or shortness of breath
• breath holding
• insomnia
• restlessness
• sleeping too much
• chest pain
• sweaty palms or hands
• cold hands or feet
• skin disorders
• periodontal disease, jaw pain
• reproductive problems
• immune system suppression (frequent colds, flu or infections)
• growth inhibition
• chronic pain
 

Emotional symptom

The emotional symptoms of stress can also mimic the symptoms of other emotional disorders, such as depression, or anxiety disorders.
These emotional symptoms can affect you performance at work, your social relationships, and your enjoyment of daily activities.
• Mood changes
• Nervousness
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Irritability
• Frustration
• Difficulty remembering things
• Hostility
• Abrasive behaviour
• Difficulty concentrating
• Trouble thinking clearly
• Phobias or excessive fear
• Lack of control over emotions
• Loss of sense of humour
• Behavioural Symptoms
Stress can also cause people to behave irregularly. It can cloud judgment and make it difficult for sufferers to manage work, chores, and daily responsibilities.
Here are some of the behavioural symptoms of stress.
• Forgetfulness
• Disorganization
• Confusion
• Apathy
• Negative outlook
• Low self-esteem
• Fuzzy perception
• Coping Mechanisms
• Stress causes people to react in different ways. The coping methods that some people use, such as substance abuse, can deteriorate the sufferer’s health, wealth, and relationships with family, friends, co-workers, or even strangers. A person under stress may cope in the following destructive ways:
• Excessive aggression or arguing
• Violence
• Road rage
• Changing jobs frequently
• Conflicting with employers or co-workers
• Over-reacting
• Abusing drugs or alcohol
 

Intensity of Stress Symptoms

In dealing with stress, it’s important to understand the intensity of the symptoms that you’re dealing with. The symptoms of stress can be categorized as, acute, episodic or chronic.
Acute Stress: Acute stress is very common and very short lived. This type of stress may accompany a major lifestyle change, such as moving, or finding a new job. Daily aggravations such as a cranky toddler or irritating noise in the neighbourhood can also bring on acute stress. The critical component of acute stress is that it is short term and it dissipates when the stressful situation ends. This type of stress does not usually stick around long enough to cause any real physical or mental damage.
Episodic Acute Stress: Episodic acute stress affects people that experience many short-lived stressful situations throughout the day. These situations may even compound one another…you’re running late so you drive too fast and get a speeding ticket that you don’t have the money to pay for, etc. If you suffer from episodic acute stress, you are likely disorganized, hurried, running late, and always expecting something else to go wrong.
Chronic Stress: Unlike acute or episodic acute stress, chronic stress never dissipates. Instead, it wears the sufferer down, day after day, week after week, year after year. The sufferer may even come to accept this stress as simply part of their personality. A relentless stress accompanies situations such as poverty, war, childhood abuse, or a traumatic situation. People who suffer from chronic stress often feel powerless, hopeless, and that there’s no way and no point in getting help.
 

Complications of Stress Symptoms

The symptoms of stress can also lead to other serious illnesses and conditions. These include obesity, heart disease, cancer, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, ulcers, hair loss, hyperthyroidism, and gum disease. If you’re suffering from an overwhelming amount of stress, it’s important to seek help to avoid the development of additional health disorders.
The cause of depression, stress and anxiety could also be the lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive caffeine intake, dehydration, fluorescent lighting, radiation from cell phones and computers, alcohol consumption, refined sugar, white flour, MSG, nutritional deficiencies and not enough personal relaxation time.
There are many ways to control your stress; one of them is Bowen Therapy. Complementary therapies can help you to relax, sleep better, and deal with the symptoms of anxiety.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2011 15:59