What is Anxiety? Anxiety is about people who suffer from repetitive anxious thoughts. Most people refuse to understand what the problem really is, and come to believe that there is something seriously ‘wrong’ with them. Add this to the accompanying symptoms like an increased heart beat and shortness of breadth and they are inclined to believe that they are losing their mental balance. Though there is no likelihood of this occurrence, protracted bouts of unrealistic fear, if left unchecked, can undermine your self confidence and enhance anxiety.
It is true that in some cases anxiety is considered a mental health condition. Take generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), for example, which brings about persistent worry and concern about matters which would merit little consideration under normal circumstances. Since subsequent steps could lead to other disorders like panic attacks and different phobias, it becomes essential to cure anxiety as early as you can.
While almost everyone encounters bouts of anxious moments once in a while, it does not necessarily mean you suffer from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety could also be a symptom of a medical condition or a substance abuse problem. And your doctor must be made aware of this. To tread cautiously, a diagnosis of GAD is only made when a person has been excessively worried about routine everyday problems for atleast six months and is having trouble making daily decisions as a result of lack of concentration.
According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, USA, atleast 90 percent of people with emotional illnesses will improve or recover if they undergo treatment. Since causes of the different forms of anxiety are not well established, treatments may differ for each person. Yet, anxiety is among the most common, most treatable mental disorders and presently many effective treatments are available to address anxiety problems. With proper medical care, many people experiencing anxiety disorders can lead normal, fulfilling lives.
Ideally, when it comes to effectively curing one’s self from a mental illness, one must keep in mind that you have to be actually honest with yourself and assess what kind of depression or mental illness you actually have, and go to a medical expert to get yourself suitably diagnosed. And since therapy takes its time, do not hope for a quick cure. Instead, be kind to yourself. People who feel anxious tend to be overly critical of themselves. Remember, anxiety disorders are seldom anyone’s fault.
Are you aware that the single largest form of anxiety disorders reported are those of phobic disorders, which include all cases in which fear and anxiety is caused by a specific situation. And an alarming 5%-12% of the world’s population suffers from it. Typically, those prone to it anticipate dreadful consequences from encountering the object of their fear.
It would be understandable if people were simply unaware of their mental condition and therefore hesitant to take action. But, most people do understand that their fear is not proportional to the actual potential danger and continue to be overwhelmed by circumstances of their own making. Sadly, they seldom talk about it or take suitable action. So, the cause of anxiety is you. You fail to realize that just as you cannot “wish anxiety away,” you cannot afford to live with it on a day to day basis. Anxiety disorders never go away by themselves, just as much as they do not have to be a lifelong condition…with proper treatment. All your mental health provider will undertake is a few calculated steps to diagnose your anxiety disorder.This may entail a few questions about your symptoms and a physical examination to confirm your medical condition.
According to top medical centers, the world over, medication (anti-depressants) has failed to bring relief or provide positive results on the long run, and now Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is accepted as a suitable cure for anxiety disorders. With CBT you work with a psychotherapist for a limited number of sessions to analyze your imagined and negative thoughts. Soon, the cure will help you to tackle difficult situations with a positive frame of mind.
What should be important to you is not the type of anxiety you suffer from but how soon it can be cured. The choices are plenty, and inexpensive. It is eventually up to you to take a step in the right direction.
R.P.Bhalla is a retired airline captain and an expert on Finance, Social Affairs and Health and Wellness. He writes exclusively on Family, Health and Money matters.