ANXIETY DISORDER (The most suffered mental illness worldwide!)
About 10.7% of the worlds total population suffer from various forms of mental illness. The most common being Anxiety disorder with an average of about 3.8% people suffering from it. So, what is anxiety? It is described as intense, excessive & persistent worry & fear about otherwise everyday situations. An anxiety disorder is characterized as by feelings of intense worry, fear, chest pains, shortness of breath, shacking of hands or fidgeting & panic strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.
Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms include stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry and restlessness.
When suffering from anxiety individuals may experience;
Behavioural: hypervigilance, irritability, or restlessness
Cognitive: lack of concentration, racing thoughts, or unwanted thoughts
Whole body: fatigue or sweating
Also common: anxiety, excessive worry, angor animi, fear, insomnia, nausea, palpitations, or trembling.
This may lead to serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, muscle aches & chest pains!
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN YOU SUFFER FROM ANXIETY!
Although the symptoms may not sound dire, they in fact are! The feeling one has whilst for example experiencing an anxiety episode/panic attack one is overcome by this intense pain that feels almost maddening & at that point in time it is like time has frozen & you have lost all control of your body, you hear everything in a distant. Then there is the sharp pain in your chest, where it feels like you are being stabbed and your chest is being crushed, at this point you are struggling to breath and sheer panic & fear takes over.
Though attacks vary in intensity , they could have damming effects like cause one to lose consciousness, increased high blood pressure & muscle injuries!
DIFFERENT WAYS TO MANAGE & TREAT ANXIETY DISORDERS.
Firstly, it is important to seek help such as counselling therapy- This will not only help understand more about what happening to you, but if need be receive the proper medication you might need.
Besides professional help, home treatments that have proven helpful include:
-Meditation, this aids in calming your nerves and helping you control your breathing whilst relaxing.
-Avoid stress inducing situations/places, things or even people that you know might have a triggering effect on your anxiety should be avoided completely.
-During an attack try and take long deep breaths, put your hand over your chest as a symbol of comfort and to also guide your breathing.
-Try to follow a steady routine, ensure you have set sleep cycle & try and exercise regulary. this will help in keep both you mind and body active & fit, blocking any negative feelings.
– Ensure you have a healthy diet & avoid drugs that might increase/alter your mental cognition.
-Surround yourself with a trustworthy support system, people who are willing to help build you up.
-There a millions of different coping mechanisms that work for different people, always explore and if you feel stuck and alone REACH OUT, there is always someone willling to help! You are not alone.