Generalized anxiety disorder and coping strategies


So you know this video is about anxiety
but what exactly are anxiety disorders? These are disorders that share features
of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Although
both fear and anxiety are closely, related fear elicits an immediate
fight-or-flight response to a real threat that has already presented itself.
For instance an encounter with a wild animal.
In comparison, anxiety is more of a hyper vigilant state where an individual is
extremely sensitive to detecting potential threats that may never occur.
For instance, an individual may be anxious about public speaking because
they anticipate that they will embarrass themselves. Like most mental health
problems, anxiety disorders appear to be caused by a combination of: biological,
factors, psychological factors, and challenging life experiences. all anxiety
disorders have irrational and excessive fears apprehensive intense feelings and
difficulty managing daily tasks. Other symptoms include anxious thoughts,
predictions and beliefs, avoidance of feared situations, subtle avoidances such
as talking more when anxious to describe oneself, safety behaviors like having a
cellphone on hand for help, and physiological responses such as
increased heart rate. There are many types of anxiety disorders including
generalized anxiety disorder which is one of the most common types of anxiety
disorders in older adults. It affects 2-5% of the population with
more women affected than men. Over an individual’s lifetime chances of
developing generalized anxiety disorder are as high as 9%. With respect to
ethnicity, people with European descent are more likely to be affected than
people of non-European descent and anxiety disorders occur more frequently
in developed countries than non developed countries. Generalized anxiety
disorder is characterized by excessive uncontrollable worry about everyday
things including social situations. This excessive worry occurs for at least six
months and often interferes with one’s daily life. This worrying can be
manifested in physical symptoms including restlessness, fatigue,
irritability, muscle tension, and difficulty concentrating and sleeping.
The severity of the generalized anxiety disorder can vary with those having the mild to moderate form being able to function socially with treatment and those who
have the severe general anxiety disorder finding it difficult to perform simple
daily tasks. Although anxiety can be daunting, there
are many ways to cope with it. First and foremost, it is important to realize that
you can’t control everything. You must avoid placing pressure on yourself to be
perfect in everything you do. Additionally, try replacing negative
thoughts with positive ones most importantly identify what triggers your
anxiety and focus on tackling this issue. A helpful tip you can do is by writing
in a journal when feeling anxious and then looking back on your journal
entries to identify a pattern. There are some small lifestyle changes you can
enforce to help cope with anxiety these include: exercising daily, getting
at least eight hours of sleep per night, eating a well-balanced meal three times
a day, and limiting alcohol and caffeine. To cope with an immediate panic attack
it can be helpful to relax your muscles and focusing on slowing your breathing
by taking deep and slow breaths. Take control of your thoughts and remind
yourself of the times you had overcome your anxiety. Although they’re helpful,
these tips are often not enough. Do not be afraid to seek professional help via
psychiatrist, therapist, counselor and among other mental health professionals. Here are links to some resources that can connect with you with professionals.

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  1. Does anyone else get a more physical feeling in the head?light headedness blurred vision tension headaches it never seems to get mentioned always the fast heart rate also the guy in the video says it lasts 6 months I've had mine everyday for 7 years no and everyday is a mental struggle

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